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Apple’s Sapphire glass facility nearly ready for mass production

Apple’s Sapphire glass facility nearly ready for mass production

The Sapphire glass Apple uses — and is rumored to use much more of with new handsets — is partly thanks to GT Advanced Technologies. They’ve recently announced their financial results for the second quarter, noting an $86 million loss as they pivot operations to align themselves with Apple. As the reliance on Sapphire increases, that big loss may be a distant memory in the near future.

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iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

The iPhone family has used Sapphire Glass for components for several generations. Both the back-facing camera lens and, in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID home button work with Sapphire Glass to keep them tough. The iPhone 6, as it’s assumed to be called, has been teased more than once to be working with a full Sapphire Glass front panel.

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iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPhone is the inability to pay for things via mobile. There’s no NFC capabilities in iOS, and it’s not clear if that’s on the way or not (though some believe it is). A new report suggests Apple is working with various credit card companies to hammer out a mobile payment option for future devices, and it could be the most secure method available.

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Apple iPad Mini successor leak shows Touch ID feature

Apple iPad Mini successor leak shows Touch ID feature

The iPhone 6 and the iPad Air 2 have had their fair share of leaks and rumors, like the almost unfathomable size of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or the Touch ID-toting iPad Air 2. Now it's the next gen iPad Mini's turn to get the spotlight and almost unsurprisingly, this leaked photo of the three upcoming devices shows that the mini tablet will also be sporting Touch ID sensor of its own.

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iOS 8 adds 3rd-party keyboards, opens Touch ID to devs

iOS 8 adds 3rd-party keyboards, opens Touch ID to devs

iOS 8 is answering two of users and developers' biggest issues, adding third-party keyboard support, as well as allowing developers to use Touch ID in their apps. Users wanting to switch from Apple's default keyboard on iPhone and iPad will be able to install other input options, though they'll be sandboxed by default.

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