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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple, who would have thought?

All of Apple's products sold well. But the biggest ticket by far was a record 74.5 million iPhone sales.
To put that number into perspective, 74.5 million iPhones is ...
... enough to give an iPhone to every person in France, the United Kingdom, or Italy, and enough to give two to every person in Canada.
... more smartphones than BlackBerry sold over the past three years and 39 times the number of BlackBerries sold in the last quarter.
... just 5 million fewer phones than the Lumia smartphones that Microsoft and Nokia have sold -- ever.
... enough to stretch 317 miles high if laid down flat and stacked one on top of another. The stack of iPhones would soar well above the International Space Station. ( holy shit is that true!!!)
... 34,000 iPhones sold every hour, every day, every week of the past three months. That's nine iPhones every second.
... more than the total number of televisions and tablets sold last quarter.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Iris glass has a bright future

The primary innovation for Iris Glass is its outstanding transmission, which delivers bright pictures and proves glass is a viable LGP material. 
"Initially, the display industry wanted to use glass LGPs when edge-lit LEDs first entered the market," said John Bayne, general manager and vice president, Corning High Performance Displays and Advanced Glass Innovations. "However, the transmission was unacceptable, so panel makers defaulted to plastic." 
Although plastic's transmission is adequate, it has limitations as an LGP. It lacks rigidity, which impacted panel makers' ability to develop thinner TVs. To compensate, panel makers incorporated extra structural components, adding weight and bulk to the conventional edge-lit LCD TV. Further, because plastic expands when exposed to humidity, manufacturers also needed to increase the size of the framing area of the TV's exterior, known as the bezel.
From MarketWatch

Monday, January 12, 2015

Problem with the glass at GTAT

"Sapphire's got three problems," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, told Benzinga. "1) It's very expensive. 2) It's very brittle. It's hard on one side, but on the other side it's very brittle, so it won't take any flex at all without shattering. 3) If you introduce a flaw, if you are able to chip it -- much like a diamond or any other jewel -- that flaw turns into a critical problem in the integrity of the crystal. Those three things are really keeping it out of large form factor devices."

Enderle noted that sapphire still remains the favored substance for watch-sized devices, including select models of the Apple Watch.

"It doesn't seem to be growing much because large form factor devices are gonna have to flex a little bit because there's no material that's going to be as rigid as a crystal and you don't want your screen to be the most rigid element in a device," Enderle added. "Otherwise it's just going to break."

Friday, November 07, 2014

GTAT leaves a giant crater at Nasdaq.

"Investors were caught by surprise when trading on GT Advanced’s shares was halted at 9:40 a.m. in New York on Oct. 6 so the company could announce its Chapter 11 filing. When trading resumed at 10:45 a.m., shares plunged to 96 cents, down from $11.06 at the open. GT Advanced ended the day at 80 cents with about $1.4 billion in market value lost."