Apple has been encountering few problems lately, such as a faulty iOS update, which they quickly remedied and bending iPhones, but it seems that the companies is also causing troubles for others. Apparently iPhone 6 bankrupt sapphire glass makers, GT Advanced Technologies.
iPhone 6 Bankrupt Sapphire Glass Makers
Parts suppliers for Apple, GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy yesterday, listing assets of $1.5 billion and liabilities of $1.3. This comes as a great shock, because earlier this year, the company struck a $578 million deal with Apple to provide them with sapphire glass displays for their new iPhones. But the new iPhones came and it was obvious that their displays weren’t made of sapphire glass, but of ion strengthened glass (a type of Gorilla glass). Something went wrong between the two companies and now GT Advanced Technologies is suffering all the consequences.
Why is Gorilla glass better than sapphire glass?
First of all, let’s clear one thing out: Gorilla glass is a trademark name and the displays that Apple have used for their latest iPhone 6 isn’t not Gorilla glass. It’s an ion strengthened glass, that’s pretty much the same thing as Gorilla glass.
Sapphire glass, as opposed to Gorilla glass is much heavier, which would make the new iPhones heavier. It’s also consumes more battery, as sapphire transmits less light than Gorilla glass and it also less resistant than the latter. In other words, Apple was right not to use sapphire glass in their new iPhones, but their reasons might have been different from the ones mentioned above.
Was this possible because GT had become too dependent on Apple? Some analysts believe so. What are your thoughts on the fact that iPhone 6 bankrupt sapphire glass makers? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we love hearing from our readers.