Apple's new sapphire glass production facility in Arizona will contain enough machinery to make 100 million iPhone screens, it has been claimed. It was estimated back in October last year that over 421 million iPhones have been sold since the product was launched in 2007. If the estimate about the new Arizona factory is correct …
What does sapphire have to do with this stupid headline?
Apple is going to make and sell as many iPhones as they can, regardless of what type of screen it uses - sapphire, Gorilla Glass, or transparent aluminum. Same as Samsung, Nokia, HTC and every other phone maker.
Re: What does sapphire have to do with this stupid headline?
Sapphire IS transparent aluminium
Maybe this means they'll finally lower their prices! Right? Maybe?
When they start knocking them out and selling them for 15 to 20 quid each I might be interested enough in trying one - not before.
Half a job...
100 million screens, ok, over how long?
A year? 100 million years?
Re: Half a job...
Or is it 100 million screens before the plant is worn out and decommissioned? That would make for some expensive screens.
Re: Half a job...
No fair question
It doesn't have that information in the press release - do you expect the poor hack to do, like, research and stuff?
Re: Half a job...
Yes a common failing by journalists to give half the info. Experience shows El Reg is just as bad as the tabloids in this respect.
The facility in AZ is going to make ONE component of a Phone/Tablet/whatever. The headline gives the impression (I guess deliberately done to anger the Anti Apple brigade) that Apple were going to make more iDevices. Having the capacity to make more of one component of a device does not and cannot imply that they are gonig to make more devices in total.
The facility in AZ is unproven. We have no idea of its yield yet. What it 40% of what it produces is unusable? That may make the facility perfectly matched to the actual device output.
Another step in the race to the bottom that pretty well all IT Journos are engaged in these days.
Please go and sit on the naughty step and recite 1,000 times, I need to research my posts a lot better in future and not just replicate a bad article posted on 9to5mac.
Who has the disease?
This disease needs to be stemmed.
As a non smartphone owner I don't have any vested interest in either camp but saying that people who use an iPhone are diseased is well beyond the pale.
I've used both Android and iPhone and frankly, the Android experience was sadly lacking. sure I could have rooted the phone and installed something like a cyanogen image but that is not what the majority of people want to do or even inclined to do.
What didn't I like? One example is the FB app that you couldn't stop let alone remove.
What happens if Apple stopped making phones? Who is going to provide the competition to Google? Certainly not the MS Nokia division. Without the spur of competition you will stagnation. In the end there will be no incentive to buy a new phone because it is the same as the old one.
To borrow some Who lyrics, "New Phone same as the old phone". do you really want that?
That will be £1000 for 8 gb model. and £1500 for a 16 gb model. (8gb Microsim is £2.99 near my local - retail)
Because it is sapphire. Did you want them in Diamond? OR transparent platinum?
Re: Sapphire ??
Erm, the whole point of mass-producing synthetic sapphire is to bring the cost down. You can already buy watches with sapphire faces for less than £50, the idea here is to get the cost down to not much more than gorilla glass.
Oh, and you're conveniently ignoring performance and reliability in your £2.99 microSD card. You honestly think that it will last 3 or more years and perform as well as the internal components used by not just Apple?
Re: Sapphire ??
2.99 Micro SD? are you mad using that?
I only buy known reliable brands, but even then SanDisk Fail...
Samsung currently seem to be the winner for MicroSD's that last, not one has failed (yet...), but I have 3 failed Sandisks...
Sure Samsung cost £5-£10 more for 64gig but tis worth it!
I might even buy an IPhone.. it won't scratch or crack.
Gorilla glass is OK... but compared with saphire .. it is really bad.
There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why certain screens scratch/crack/survive. My wife has had an iPhone 4 for over three years and there's not a mark on it, despite it living without a case and being subjected to the innards of ger handbag. My last phone had Gorilla Glass 2 and it also didn't have a mark on it, even after bouncing down three flights of concrete stairs.
I'm typing this on a Lumia 1020 with a Gorilla Glass 3 screen which has a handful of tiny scratches on it. Next to it is an iphone 5S which already has a scuffed screen and - coming back on topic - an thick scratch across the camera cover. Which is made of sapphire.
These aren't for phones
They're for the next generation of snow-proof shop front glass. Just you watch and see.
Re: These aren't for phones
Snow proof? Are you claiming sapphire has some magic quality that allows it to melt any snow that lands on it?
Though it would be funny to see the analyst backpedaling that would result if the sapphire was for the glass in their stores, and not for the phones.
I heard that the new iPhone with sapphire glass will be able to survive a 1400 mega-tonne nuclear detonation. Now show me an Android phone that could do that!
You're fomenting uncertainty again.
Call this an article?
Was this written by a full-time member of staff?
Enough equipment to make a 100 million screens? What does that mean, exactly... And also, 'inspection tools' which 'can be used to make high quality glass?'
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