Apple and GT Advanced settle over sapphire glass controversy

Apple and GT have reached a settlement over the recent controversy surrounding sapphire glass production.

The recent issues between Apple and its sapphire glass production partner saw Apple without the vast quantities of sapphire glass it had invested heavily in, and manufacturer GT Advanced declaring bankruptcy.

GT Advanced has confirmed that it will exit the sapphire glass production market and wind down its Arizona and Massachusetts factories. However, it will continue its research into sapphire glass production methods.

Under the agreement with Apple, GT Advanced will be released from its exclusivity agreement with Apple, and it gets to keep control of its IP. So, the company can sell its fabrication technology to whomever it wishes. GT also gets to keep ownership of all of the equipment in its Arizona facilities.

So what’s in it for Apple? It seems the company now just wants its money back. As it turns out, Apple lent GT Advanced $439 million to kickstart the massive sapphire glass production process that would have seen the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus given super-tough screens.

GT Advanced has to pay that back, and it will do so (at least in part) by selling the advanced sapphire furnaces (ASFs) that Apple’s cash helped to buy. Apple will be entitled to a portion of whatever is made back.

Interestingly, GT also notes that “GT and Apple will continue their technical exchange involving the development of processes for growing next generation sapphire boules.”

Business is business, it seems.

Read More: iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6

Via: Recode

More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’


Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors


Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer


These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3


Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones


It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites


New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money