iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Corning’s ‘Project Phire’ to offer sapphire like scratch-resistance Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:30:50 +0000 Read More]]> On Friday, Corning announced that the company is working on ‘Project Phire’ as it prepares to ship a new glass composition which will be just as scratch resistant as sapphire while offering increased drop-protection.

Apple’s plan to replace Gorilla Glass with sapphire glass in iPhone 6 didn’t go so well as their partnership with GT Advanced resulted in dissolution due to production issues.

Apple and Corning’s Gorilla Glass share a long history. When Steve Jobs was working on the original iPhone he didn’t want to use a plastic screen, instead wanted it to be made of glass. Since glass screen would have been too easy to break someone recommended that Jobs should see what Corning was doing. At that time Corning was developing the Gorilla Glass technology however, it wasn’t ready for mass production. Jobs ordered a ton of Gorilla Glass and kept telling Corning CEO Wendell Weeks, “Don’t be afraid. You can do this.” In 2007 Apple introduced the iPhone with Gorilla Glass.

Corning’s Gorilla Glass has seen tremendous improvements since it began its first mass production in 2006. Gorilla Glass 2 was 30% thinner than the former, Gorilla Glass 3 used an entirely new composition. Gorilla Glass 4 which is expected to be featured on smartphones, tablets and other devices this year is twice as shatter-resistant in drop tests when compared to previous version.

It’s obvious that Apple makes for a large part of Corning’s revenue and they would’ve seen Apple’s move to consider sapphire for iPhone 6 as a possible threat. The company seems to have taken that as a challenge and started work on offering the same scratch-resistance as sapphire with ‘Project Phire’.

Competition in most cases can lead to innovation and if ‘Project Phire’ turns out to offer what Corning is promising then it is possible that Apple will continue to use Corning’s technology in upcoming iOS devices. Coring didn’t immediately provide any demo video or live demonstration of its new technology however, we can expect the company to share an update soon.

Glass used on smartphones and tablets is increasingly becoming another core technology. Apple has consistently shown interest in owning core technologies as it did try to “own” glass technology by partnering with GT Advanced for sapphire production.

It will be interesting to see if Apple continues to rely on Corning for its screen technology or develop something new.

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]]> 0 iPhone 6 Rumored to Feature Curved Touchscreen in 2014 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:20:43 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 5s Touch ID

The iPhone 6 is rumoured to feature bigger, curved screen expected to be released in October 2014. According to a new report published by Bloomberg, Apple is preparing to launch two new iPhones next year.

Bigger iPhone models will feature 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens. Apple changed the screen size of iPhone with the introduction of iPhone 5 with a 4 inch screen. The company touted its size as perfect fit for one hand use. Samsung has been dominating the smartphone market worldwide with devices in every price point and different screen sizes.

This year with iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple for the first time since the introduction of the original iPhone launched two new models in the same year. Competition in the smartphone market is heating up more than ever as Android continues to dominate the install base.

Two models planned for release in the second half of next year will feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified as the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.

Apple’s decision to introduce a bigger screen iPhone could certainly be seen as a response to its rival Samsung. With the iPad Air and iPad mini Apple does offer same category products in different screen sizes. So, it is possible that the the flagship model, the iPhone 6 could see an increase in screen size and also feature curved glass.

Gorilla Glass manufactured by Corning is used in all iOS devices. Earlier this year in January during CES, Corning showcased Willow Glass, which is bendable and only 0.1mm thick. Corning had announced that mass production will commence in the second half of 2013 and commercial products would be available in early 2014.

The report about curved glass in iPhone 6 and Corning’s estimated time for commercial availability of willow glass in 2014 clearly suggests that next year we could see bigger iPhone with curved touchscreen.

Apple is reportedly also working on enhanced touch sensors for models slated for 2015 release. The new sensors will include pressure sensitivity so the inputs could result in new gestures and features.

]]> 0 Apple Invests in GT Advanced Technologies for Sapphire Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:22:16 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 5s home button

Refining existing products and continually experimenting with new materials has been an integral part of Apple’s new product development strategy. Securing long term deals for components that are used in iOS devices has become fairly common. From touch screens, flash storage to even bulk booking of courier services, Apple’s strategy has been to invest in long term healthy supply of components.

Apple uses Sapphire to protect the iPhone camera lens and now the iPhone 5s also uses it as a protective cover for Touch ID sensor. According to a new report published by AllThingsD, Apple is building a factory in Arizona to boost the manufacturing of sapphire. GT Advanced Technologies earlier this week announced that they have secured a multi-year deal with Apple to manufacture sapphire in the Arizona facility.

As a part of the deal between the two companies GT will supply and manage sapphire production and in return Apple will prepay approximately $570 million. The new facility will result in more than 2000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction according to Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. It was also revealed that the facility will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.

GT is expected to research and develop larger capacity furnaces to increase the production of sapphire and as a result reduce cost of the component. Apple’s increased interest in sapphire is certainly an indication of it becoming an integral part of future devices from the company.

Many are speculating that sapphire could possibly replace Corning Gorilla Glass, which has been used in more than 1.5 billion devices worldwide. This is based on the fact that sapphire is used in the high end watches. However, corning has come forward and published articles on why they don’t view sapphire as a threat.

Although sapphire is a leading product for the cover of watches and camera lenses, many of its features are not well suited for use in the consumer electronics industry.

According to tests performed by Corning, sapphire fails to provide the same durability when used at the same thinness as Gorilla Glass. However, the company agrees with the fact that sapphire is is harder to scratch.

It’s possible that Apple may use sapphire in the rumoured iWatch. Since watches are more prone to scratches the use of sapphire could make the product more resistant to scratches.

Apple is expected to introduce the new smart watch dubbed as “iWatch” in 2014. The watch is rumoured to provide a ‘connected’ experience. It will also feature sensors to track health related data. Samsung has already launched its own smart watch called Samsung Gear but the reviews haven’t been favourable. It will be interesting to see if Apple’s idea of a smart watch excites customers and if it manages to become a ubiquitous part of our lives.

]]> 0 iPhone 5 to Use Gorilla Glass 2. “Smart Case” for iPad 3? Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:35:13 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple’s new iPad 3 is only one day away from being announced to the public and new details about what to expect tomorrow are still being leaked. On Monday, iLounge editor, Jeremy Horowitz published a report on two Apple products that he believes that Apple will change or retain. Horowitz reported that Apple is working on a new iPad 3 “Smart Case” and new “glass back” iPhone 5.

The report claims that Apple is experimenting with “Glass and ceramic rear shells” for a future iPhone, probably iPhone 5. Although rumors of a aluminum back iPhone 5 have been floating around on the web, sources of the publication indicated that Apple is planning to use Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, unveiled at CES 2012. The Gorilla Glass 2 will allow the iPhone 5 to be thinner and stronger than previous models and may even arrive without the addition of the 30 pin dock connector.

The report also pointed at the possibility of a larger screen display. Recently, Apple identified Corning as a supplier of screens for previous generations of iPhone, saying that “Corning employees in Kentucky and New York…create the majority of the glass for iPhone.”

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S all glass design has been a huge success for Apple. Stronger glass could address issues of the device being very fragile. It will be interesting to see if Apple introduces yet another glass based design or goes with aluminum for the fifth-gen iPhone.

Said to be similar to Incase’s Magazine Jacket (and a host of subsequent alternatives that have appeared for the iPad 2), this new case has a folding magnetized Smart Cover on the front, and a rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather. It’s unclear whether this case will be solely for the thicker new iPad or include backwards compatibility for the iPad 2.

The “Smart Case” for iPad 3 was described to be something similar to Incase’s Magazine Jacket because it will now feature a back cover. The iPad 2 Smart Cover only protected the from screen from scratches and scuffs and will now work in tandem with the back cover in a folio style encasement.

{via 9to5 Mac}

]]> 10 iPhone 4 Review Units Reveal Glass Case Scratches Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:43:05 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4 Scratch

Engadget are reporting that one of their writer’s iPhone 4 is showing some scratching on its back panel. iFixit’s Teardown of the iPhone 4, and subsequent analysis confirmed that the iPhone’s font panel is made of “Gorilla Glass”. But they were not able to confirm if the back of the iPhone 4 is made from the same material.

Engadget don’t say how the scratches happened. But I’ll bet that any device, from any manufacturer, slid across a desk, or put in a pocket with some keys will scratch. Period.

Now, for sure we don’t like to see our new toys getting scratched. But is it really a big deal that a reviewer’s iPhone has ended up with a couple of scratches on its back panel? Are we getting too picky about our devices these days? Or shock, horror, could Engadget be looking for page views with a first report of a contentious issue?

Unless Apple makes these things out of pure diamond, then we’re going to see some scratching. And to be honest it’s going to take a few more reports like this, from people who are a little more careful with their devices to get me too worried.

Of course if you’re really worried about scratching you can always buy an Apple iPhone 4 Bumper. I know any new iDevice I buy gets a cover on day one.

Is a little scratching a big deal? Let us know your view in the comments.

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