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When you think about it, the need for a sapphire display cover is less for an Apple watch than for other devices ...An Apple Watch sits alone on your wrist -- it isn't sharing a pocket with coins, keys, nail clippers ... It isn't poked at with anything harder than a finger ... It doesn't get dropped ... Really, how many times hav you dropped a watch? A phone?Gorilla Glass would seem to be a better choice for the iWatch display cover [surface].The biometric sensors on...
I agree with your points! Especially, since the WWDC, Apple is more open with their technology than they've been since the 1978 Apple ][. There is great potential for this openness -- but along with it comes the messiness of more, and public mistakes.Case in point: Swift!I am a great proponent of Swift and its potential -- from wearables to enterprise and everything in between).However, we (Apple and Developers) are suffering the messiness of giving birth (or is it...
Yeah, just wait ...Some analysts are reporting teen interest in the Apple Watch are meh!Just wait until the teens discover that they can use the Apple Watch to Buy Stuff -- in addition to all its new social capabilities.But, But, But ... Teens don't have credit cards!... but their parents do!Mmm ...How could it be arranged to allow teens to charge against their parent's credit cards ... Hopefully in pre-approved amounts and for designated purposes ... And maybe, even...
It's rude to refer to either of them that way ...... Then there's SWAG -- Scrientific Wild-Assed Guess
AFAICT, the sapphire parts were (and are) supplied by other sources than GTAT. Assumably the GTAT production was targeted an new uses.As many have posted, display covers for iPhones, iPads or any large surface, likely, are not practical -- too heavy, too expensive, too brittle (easily cracks if dropped).A display cover for the Apple Watch makes more sense -- likely, a watch won't be dropped ... and the weight, cost issues should be proportionally less with the smaller...
I wonder what has happened to the sapphire boules, wafers and substrates ...Apparently, GTAT did not meet specs/schedule for some sort of finished goods (still not convinced that it's iPhone display covers).The unfinished goods could/should have some value for further processing with less-stringent specs or for other uses (camera lenses, SOS semiconductors, jewelry, optics ...).In the early days of semiconductor manufacturing, they would often manufacture to top mil-qual...
In other news ... Following Meg Whitman's lead at HP, CEO Satya Nadella announced that they are going to split Microsoft into 1 company ...
Watching the last keynote, I was quite impressed with Phil Schiller's 30 minute preso on the iPhone 6es ...I was amazed how he stayed on point, for a long preso with that level of detail -- comfortable, jocular, never faltering ... without the aid of a teleprompter ...Later, in Tim's finalie, my bubble burst -- when the camera panned back, showing a very large TV display facing the stage ...
I think you're right -- I've read that it's fun to work at Apple, again -- not just 24/7 pressure ...But from a customer, shareholder perspective -- Apple's gotten a little sloppy of late ... Nothing really major, but quite a few minor things.I don't think it has risen to the point for major action, yet -- just some readjustment to get everyone motivated and working towards the same goals -- especially those of quality and schedules!In the spirit of Scott Forstall, though...
I'm going to have to brush up on my Mandarin ... Hope they provide subtitles this time
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