Sapphire is currently used in the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the new iPhone 5S, a fiddly bit of kit that's likely to appear in future Apple products, although surprisingly not in the new iPad Air or retina iPad mini. That's perhaps because of limited supply, which the new deal should fix. But sapphire is increasingly being used as a screen material in prototypes and high-end phones, and having a major supply of the blue stuff could hint at the Californian company using it for iPhone and iPad displays.
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"GT has accelerated the development of its next generation, large capacity ASF (advanced sapphire furnaces) to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire material," the company said in its statement announcing the deal. "Although the agreement does not guarantee volumes, it does require GT to maintain a minimum level of capacity."The plant will employ 700 people in Arizona, and is part of Apple's plan to return some of its manufacturing to the US, with the Mac Pro currently assembled in Texas. "We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction," an Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD.
HTC told me that the KitKat software update will also bring with it an update to HTC's own Sense interface, It's the extra layers of features, like Sense, added by HTC and other manufacturers on top of Google's software that delay new Android updates from reaching phones, as manufacturers test and approve their bloatware and add-ons to make sure they still work with the updated uag metropolis rugged iphone x case - black reviews Android system, But that doesn't mean HTC One fans have to wait until after Christmas: the Google Play Edition, an HTC One with stock Android, will receive the KitKat update from the end of November..
In conjunction with mentors from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and acclaimed Australian director Baz Luhrmann, Yota and the team were in pre-production for The Pilgrim Report for just three days before the shoot, which also took three days. As the director of photography, Yota was responsible for the camera work and crafting the overall look of the film in conjunction with the director and designers. Being on a professional movie set was intimidating at first for Yota, who was used to making films on a smaller scale.