Look sharp, Apple fanboys (and fangirls), your fave smartphone source may be set to extend their cutting-edge technology to the next level if a report from Taiwan's knowledgeable DigiTimes website bears fruit.
OK, the upcoming iPhone 5 won't beam you up to the Starship Enterprise or anything – well, probably not. The “cutting edge” refers to 200 to 300 glass cutting machines the Cupertino-based colossus has reportedly purchased.
“So what?”, you might ask, “Apple constantly upgrades and updates their equipment.” True enough, and Apple didn't get to be the world's most valuable brand by blowing money on things they don't need or won't use, either. These glass cutting machines are purportedly parked in assembly plants used by Apple's overseas contractors, lying in wait for the day when iPhone 5's begin to roll down the production lines.
According to DigiTimes and the industry sources they quizzed on the issue, “Cover glass makers are reluctant to commit investment to the purchase of glass cutting equipment due to the high capital involved. However, in order to push forward the production of curved glass, Apple reportedly has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers.”
DigiTimes' sources state that no firm timetable has been established for the volume production of the iPhone 5 so don't saddle up yer ponies just yet. What IS known, however, is that Apple is devoting considerable attention to the iPhone 5's touchscreen.
Discussions are ongoing with a host of related suppliers, including those involved in making the cover glass, glass cutting, lamination, and refining touch sensors with the object of improving yield rates. Don't know about you, but in my eyes that's called staying ahead of the curve. (via DigiTimes, Huffington Post, and iPhone Download Blog)