Apple Sapphire Deal with GT to Hit Full Production Beginning in 2H 2014

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    GT Advanced Technologies, Apple's partner in a new sapphire plant in Arizona, today announced earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 while also providing a forward look at what will be a "transformational" year for the company. The company's comments help put into perspective just how large the deal with Apple is, with significant ramping heading into the second half of this year and into 2015.
    As part of the deal with Apple, GT halted sales of its sapphire production furnaces in order to focus on building out capacity for Apple, a move that resulted in a drastic reduction in GT's revenue for the latter half of 2013 and saw the company's full-year revenue drop to $299 million in 2013 from $733.5 million in 2012.

    GT projects that company revenue will remain low during the first half of 2014 as it continues to ramp up production for Apple, with revenue of just $20-30 million for the first quarter. But the company forecasts a massive increase in revenue for the latter half of the year, which should represent 85% of the company's full-year revenue of $600-800 million. That timing would appear to be in line with an Apple product launch such as an iPhone 6 with sapphire-covered display in the usual September-October timeframe.
    With sapphire estimated to account for 80% of GT's revenue for the year and Apple undoubtedly representing the lion's share of that segment, the deal with Apple could be generating in the range of $400-500 million for GT this year. Looking further ahead, GT sees even more growth with estimates of over $1 billion in total revenue for 2015.

    Apple has been looking to rush its new sapphire plant into production this month to "create a critical new sub-component of Apple Products". Given the number of sapphire furnaces delivered to the facility and on order, the partnership between Apple and GT could be sufficient to produce 100-200 million sapphire-covered iPhone displays per year.

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  2. keterboy Guest


    Jan 22, 2014
    Earth's Core
  3. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

    Dec 9, 2008
    Aluminum and saphire—Apple tech is slowly taking the place of jewelry.

    I'm still waiting for the day I can get down on one knee and propose to a woman with an off-contract iPhone… although that probably depends more on the woman. :p
  4. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Will Tim Cook still keep this deal in Arizona if the gay-bashing legislation gets signed by their governor?
  5. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  6. keterboy Guest


    Jan 22, 2014
    Earth's Core
    I like your idea, creative, just like Apple :)
  7. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    As great as sapphire is for scratch resistance it would be amazing if they could make it thick enough to be shatter proof against drops.

    I don't need the thinnest smartphone in the world again, I need all day battery life with a thick battery and a thick sapphire screen for it not to break.
  8. BornAgainApple macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
  9. Septembersrain Contributor


    Dec 14, 2013

    I'd marry you. ;-P

    Seriously though, I love technology and would gladly accept devices in all sorts of occasions.
  10. acslater017 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Water resistance would be cool too! A number of Sony and Samsung handsets are water resistant, but I wonder if Apple is hesitant to set that expectation with customers...

    LiquidMetal would also be awesome, but that's probably not gonna happen til the NEXT hardware revision. :cool:
  11. nazaar macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2008
    Isn't Arizona known as the 'crazy' state? Hope this doesn't affect production.

  12. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
  13. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Maybe Steve Jobs was really forward thinking with one of Apple's early ads:

    "Here's to the crazy ones..."

    He was courting Arizona even back then.
  14. Gasu E. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    There must be have been some amazing guarantees from Apple, in order for this company to agree to tear up its current business model.
  15. Daalseth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Apple's moving to NEXT hardware? That would be a big phone.
  16. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    Maybe crazy politics but most people I meet here are from the Midwest (myself being from Iowa).

    Having lived all my life in iowa besides the last 3 year I can say nothing's really different besides the climate.
  17. Keniutek macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2011
    ... or some serious "under the table" money ;)
  18. armhol macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2007
    You can but the stock is up over 50% already since the first announcements of the Apple partnership. Best to react more quickly and jump on the stocks as early as possible! I put in $10,000 back in December when the rumors first surfaced. :)
  19. ghettochris macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2008
    you could always propose with the future iRing.
  20. green tea macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2008
    So Corning might finally have some competition in the phone/mobile/camera/ sector
  21. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Quite exciting. Sapphire on the camera lens and the home button. And maybe the entire screen. Some rumors even have it on the back side. In a couple of generation maybe they will upgrade to ruby or emerald. :D
  22. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Sapphire is my birthstone. Apple always thinking about me.
  23. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    Seriously, what is wrong with Arizona always trying to pass laws that discriminate?

    It's as if they want to surpass Florida on the WTF scale.
  24. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    Sapphire is not shatter proof. I've seen high end watches with sapphire crystals shatter at thicknesses that would be obscene on a phone.

    I would prefer a layered approach to help meet the needs of both scratch and drop resistance.
  25. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    so the next revolution phone in september 2014: iPhone 6 - 4.7" display,bezel free,sapphire glass,2000mah battery with up to 30% more usage overall,imba design with 130mmx63mmx7mm

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