Articles about sapphire

Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass

Apple claims its iPhone is the world’s most popular digital camera, but perhaps it isn’t as robust as it should be. Hardware buff Zack Nelson has found that Cupertino's sapphire glass uses a lower-quality material, making it as prone to scratching as regular tempered glass. Sapphire boast ... Screenshot of …

GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

Worstall @ the Weekend It's been a terribly exciting few weeks, as we've seen GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) stumble and crash headlong into bankruptcy protection. The more documents are released by the court the more we can find out about just how this happened. And the more we do see, the more we realise that what actually happened is the …
Tim Worstall, 16 Nov 2014
Rotten apple

Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the materials company that was once tapped to produce scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, has filed new papers in bankruptcy court describing the circumstances of its business's collapse – and it places the blame squarely at Apple's doorstep. In a jaw- …
Tim Cook

Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday. In papers [PDF] filed as part of GT's bankruptcy proceedings, GT agreed to " …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014

SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

Updated GT Advanced Technologies, the struggling materials firm that was once tapped to provide durable sapphire glass for Apple, says it will cut staff and close its sapphire manufacturing plants as it moves toward bankruptcy protection. In documents filed with the New Hampshire bankruptcy court on Friday, GT said the "cash burn" at …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2014
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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

Apple has been named the world's most valuable brand for the third time in a row, with No 2 Samsung narrowing the gap slightly but still trailing behind. According to Brand Finance's Global 500 list, Apple's brand value in 2014 is $104bn, up 20 per cent from $87bn in 2013. Samsung, meanwhile, was judged to be worth $79bn, up …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Feb 2014
Resident Evil zombie takeover

Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

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 …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014
Auch stained glass window part

Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

Man-made sapphire could replace Gorilla Glass as the material of choice for scratch-and-crack-resistant mobile phone screens in the near future, according to a recent speculative piece from MIT Technology Review. According to the research university's mag: Manufactured sapphire — a material that’s used as transparent armor …
Tim Worstall, 2 May 2013
AMD and Nvidia extreme GPUs

AMD and Nvidia extreme GPUs workout

Extreme PC Week Extreme PC Week At the very extreme end of desktop graphics are the dual GPU, frame crunching, power hungry monsters that you won’t give you much change from a grand. The extreme offerings can be a little difficult to find too, as most card vendors only produce a limited range. Instead, they prefer to concentrate on the next …
Simon Crisp, 7 Jun 2012
Sapphire Edge HD

Sapphire Edge HD

Review Looking more like a router than a PC, Sapphire’s Edge-HD makes the recently-reviewed Zino HD 410 from Dell look positively huge. Sapphire rather hesitantly states that it “believes” the Edge-HD to be the smallest PC in the world. Whether or not it’s a world-beater is therefore up for debate, but with dimensions of 193 x 148 x …
Will Stapley, 21 Mar 2011
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X

Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X 1GB

Review When Sapphire had added its Vapor-X cooler to AMD's Radeon HD 4850 it turned a standard single-slot board into a very, very quiet dual-slot card. Now it has performed the same trick on the Radeon HD 4890. Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X Sapphire's Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X: very, very quiet... The two Vapor-X designs look …
Leo Waldock, 17 Sep 2009
Sapphire Atomic HD 4890

Sapphire lauds 'first' 1GHz-plus AMD GPU

Graphics card specialist Sapphire has rolled out what it reckons is the first board to boast a gigahertz-clocked GPU - from AMD, at any rate. The Atomic HD 4890 runs its graphics engine at 1050MHz. To maintain the 'giga' theme, it's got 1GB of GDDR 5 on board too, connected over 256-bit bus. Sapphire Atomic HD 4890 Sapphire …
Tony Smith, 12 May 2009

AMD intros $109 Radeon 4-series graphics card

AMD has introduced its latest not-quite-budget GPU, the ATI Radeon HD 4770. The 40nm, 750MHz core is connected to 512MB of GDDR 5 graphic memory running at an effective frequency of 3.2GHz, but 800MHz in reality. Those speeds yield a texture fill rate of 24 billion texels per second and a memory bandwidth of 51.2GB/s. …
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2009
Sapphire Vapor-X

Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4850 vapour-cooled graphics card

Review The Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4850 is a reference Radeon HD 4850 with an after-market cooler. That might not sound like a big deal, but Sapphire has come up with something special. Most graphics card manufacturers try to differentiate their products from the competition and they often use the trick of changing the reference cooler …
Leo Waldock, 16 Apr 2009
The Register breaking news

Fraunhofer boffins tout new 'diamondballs' mech tech

German boffins at the famed Fraunhofer Institutes - developers of mp3 audio compression, among other things - are now working on another critical technology. To wit: bearings covered in ultrahard coatings of artificial diamond. A plastic bearing cage, coated in artificial diamond by the Fraunhofer IWM Slick as ice. The …
Lewis Page, 27 Jan 2009

Sapphire HD4870 X2 Atomic water-cooled graphics card

Review AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 is a formidable beast of a graphics card but it has a number of obvious flaws. For starters, it's expensive, with prices starting at £399. It's also very long, measuring 267mm nose to tail, although in fairness that's the same length as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 280. The third snag is that the double- …
Leo Waldock, 8 Jan 2009

Group Test: AMD Radeon HD 4000 series

Round up When AMD updated the RV670 chip used in the ATI Radeon HD 3000 series to the RV770 in the HD 4000 line, it went ballistic and increased the number of unified shaders from 320 to 800. This change increased performance by a healthy amount and made the HD 4850 the apple of Register Hardware’s eye. But that was only the start of …
Leo Waldock, 27 Nov 2008

Sapphire twinkles over Radeon HD 4850 X2 exclusive

Sapphire has launched what it claims its the only graphics card you can get that features AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 twin-GPU set-up. Sapphire HD 4850 X2 Sapphire's HD 4850 X2: two GPUs, one supplier The Sapphire HD 4850 X2's two 4850 chips each connect to its own 1GB of GDDR 3 memory over a 256-bit bus. Both GPUs co- …
Tony Smith, 3 Nov 2008

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