Last week we heard that the company who was supplying sapphire glass for the Apple Watch had filed for bankruptcy, GT Advanced Technologies and Apple had teamed up to produce sapphire glass for Apple devices.
The guys from re/code spoke to Apple about what happened between the two companies, you can see that statement that was given to re/code below.
“Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code. “We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT’s progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. We remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs.”
So it looks like Apple and GT Advanced may have gotten ahead of themselves with their new sapphire glass plant, before their new manufacturing process was ready to be out into action.