Apple Sapphire Supplier To Close Two Plants, Lay Off Hundreds of Workers

Apple better have a backup plan for the sapphire screens on its upcoming Apple Watch. The situation with its sapphire partner GT Technology does not look good. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, and now announced plans to close two of its sapphire plants in Arizona and Massachusetts. » 10/10/14 2:09pm 10/10/14 2:09pm

Report: Apple Will Begin Making a Jewelry-Classified Gadget This Month

We've been following the emergence of Apple's sapphire production plant in Arizona closely this year, since it tells us a lot about the products coming down the line. Now, Mark Gurman reports, filings from Apple indicate that not only is the company manufacturing a new sapphire product this month—it's being… » 8/21/14 1:16pm 8/21/14 1:16pm

iPhone 6 Screen May Not Be Sapphire, Probably Isn't Bow-And-Arrow-Proof

It's summer, which means Apple is probably updating the iPhone soon, which means the iPhone 6 rumor merry-go-round is spinning up. We've heard that Apple might use sapphire for a tougher iPhone screen, but experiments with alleged Apple materials say that might not exactly be the case. » 7/19/14 1:00pm 7/19/14 1:00pm

Apple Is Putting Pressure on Arizona to Stop the State's Anti-Gay Bill

Apple's got a vested interest in Arizona's future—its newest factory will break ground there in 2015, bringing thousands of jobs to the state. And the company is now advocating for local policy. Today, Apple publicly took a stand against the state's highly controversial proposed anti-gay legislation. » 2/25/14 4:55pm 2/25/14 4:55pm

Apple's Patented Technology Would Make iPhone Virtually Unbreakable

Now that we know all about the latest generation of iPhone(s), it's time to start guessing what Apple's going to do next. This is a time when true fanboys dive into Apple's growing library of patents for clues. And while we can't expect all these patents to make it to market, it's fun to wonder. » 9/12/13 5:40pm 9/12/13 5:40pm

A Sapphire Hard Disk Will Last 1 Million Years (But You Can't Afford It)

Though hard disk drive technology has improved in recent times, you'd be a brave soul indeed to use one for more than a couple of years without backing it up. But now a team of scientists has made a hard disk from sapphire which it claims will last 1 million years—just don't expect to be able to afford it. » 7/13/12 5:53am 7/13/12 5:53am

20 Upcoming HTC Android Devices Mentioned in Leaked ROM

Nestled in the leaked Android 2.1 ROM, 20 new devices are mentioned by name—including those we knew of already (Dragon, Dream, Hero and Passion) but some new friends too, Bahamas, Bravo, DesireC, Espresso, Halo, HeroCT, HeroC, Huangshan, Incredible, Legend, Liberty, Memphis, Paradise, PassionC, Sapphire and… » 12/03/09 9:50am 12/03/09 9:50am

Sapphire's HD 2900 Toxic Kit Cools Your Entire System

Now that ATI has unleashed its new video cards, Sapphire is stepping up to the plate with its forthcoming HD 2900 XT Toxic. The kit pairs two HD 2900 XT cards with a drive-bay-mounted water cooling system designed with its own reservoir, pump and radiator system. What's cool about the system is that it'll provide… » 5/21/07 10:10am 5/21/07 10:10am

Sapphire's Godfather Makes Quad Crossfire a Reality

Sapphire scored some major bragging points this morning by demoing a dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board it's calling, the Godfather. The card runs on a single x16 PCI-Express slot and provides the kind of performance you'd get from running two X1950 cards in Crossfire mode. What's interesting about the Godfather,… » 12/21/06 10:15am 12/21/06 10:15am

Sapphire Gives Ultimate X1950 Pro the Silent Treatment

If Nvidia's new DX10-based cards are too expensive for your tastes, Sapphire Tech has a high-end card that won't blow your budget. The Ultimate X1950 Pro is a PCI-e x16-based card that couples a 580MHz GPU (up from the X1950 Pro's default 575MHz) with 256MB of GDDR3 memory. Cooling and noise control are handled by… » 11/21/06 6:05pm 11/21/06 6:05pm