Taipei, Thursday, August 17, 2017 21:39 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
34°C
Digitimes Research: GTAT able to supply sapphire for over 30 million iPhone screen covers due to Apple funding
Jessie Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Friday 8 November 2013]

US-based crystal growth solution and equipment provider GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has announced that Apple will pre-pay US$578 million to secure sapphire supply. GTAT will be able to use the funds to set up additional sapphire production capacity which will produce enough sapphire to make 5-inch screen covers for 33.79-50.56 million iPhones a year, Digitimes Research estimated.

US$578 million can be used to procure 1,930-2,890 sapphire growing furnaces for a monthly production of 5.28-7.90 million mm of 2-inch-equivalent sapphire ingots, Digitimes Research indicated. Such a volume of sapphire ingots could be used to make screen covers for 33.79-50.56 million 5-inch iPhones a year, accounting for 17.8-26.6% of the estimated 190 million iPhones to be shipped in 2014.

Realtime news
  • China market: IoT chip demand promising, says ARM CEO

    Before Going to Press | 6min ago

  • Dialog looking to extend partnership with Spreadtrum

    Before Going to Press | 13min ago

  • Taiwan market: Acer subsidiary to sell tablets for seniors

    Before Going to Press | 37min ago

  • Mirle seeing order backlog swell, says report

    Before Going to Press | 1h 2min ago

  • Apple Watch shipments expected to top 15 million units in 2017

    Before Going to Press | 1h 6min ago

  • Wafer Works expects wafer prices to continue rising on strong demand

    Before Going to Press | 1h 7min ago

  • Diode startup HY plans TSE listing

    Before Going to Press | 1h 8min ago

  • SPIL restarts backend services for DRAM

    Before Going to Press | 2h 24min ago

  • UL Taiwan amid first-round IEC 62619: 2017 labs

    Before Going to Press | 2h 32min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
UMC
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond
  • China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020

    This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers, the current implementation plans of major smartphone vendors in the market and the technological hurdles faced by the China makers.

  • Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2017

    Digitimes Research estimates that revenues from sales of server motherboards, servers, storage systems and related network system equipment by Taiwan-based vendors reached NT$555.8 billion in 2016 and the amount is estimated to grow 5.9% on year in 2017.

  • Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond

    This Digitimes Special Report examines key factors in the notebook industry, including products, vendors and ODMs, that will affect total shipments in 2017 and through 2021.