Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

3:50 PM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

Surprise!

Apple said it was surprised by GT Advanced Technologies's (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy protection. GTAT makes furnaces used in the production of synthetic sapphire, and the two companies had partnered on a massive sapphire manufacturing facility outside Mesa, Arizona. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, October 8th, and Apple's statement characterized the move as "surprising."

Bankruptcy is Just the Beginning of GT Advanced Tech CEO’s Headaches

11:16 AM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez has already been dealing with the headaches that go along with his company filing for bankruptcy protection, and now those headaches may be growing following the news that he sold more than 9,000 shares of company stock the day before Apple announced the iPhone 6. Apple didn't use GTAT's sapphire glass for the new iPhone models as had been expected, which drove the glass maker's stock down 13 percent.

Apple Sapphire Partner’s Bankruptcy Shows It’s Hard to Be an Apple Supplier

5:10 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sapphire Boule

GT Advanced Technologies (GT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that would give the sapphire producer and Apple supplier a chance to reorganize its finances and debt. GT's move may be surprising to some, considering the US$578 million deal the company inked with Apple, and it's proof that being an Apple supplier isn't an easy job.

FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has Itself (and NSA) to Blame

7:40 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Analysis

iSpy

The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.

We Got Our Bigger iPhones - Hooray! So How do we Carry Them?

3:05 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Analysis

Back in the early days of the iPhone, it was a fairly small device that easily fit in a shirt pocket or jeans pocket.
Today, the power of the iPhone and the demands we make of it virtually require a larger display. So how do we carry it?
John Martellaro looks at a classic SciFi concept.

Apple: Only Nine People Have Complained about Bent iPhones

2:56 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Analysis

#Bendgate

Apple said on Thursday that only nine customers have complained about bent iPhone 6 or 6 Plus devices, and that "With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare." The company has gone on its equivalent of a full-court press, offering the statement to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Re/code, and other mainstream outlets at once.

Shellshock Flaw Poses Big Security Threat for Mac, other Unix Systems

9:06 AM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Analysis

Move over, Heartbleed, because here comes Shellshock. This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victims computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux, plus it potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.