While Apple's focus may be on the Macintosh today, a few remarks from the company's CEO revealed Cupertino's seeming obsession with sapphire.
ABC News posted a brief snippet of an interview airing later Friday with Apple's Tim Cook, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble, and while Cook did his best to stay tight-lipped, one tidbit slipped out.
Speaking about the company's US-based manufacturing ambitions, Cook acknowledged an investment in an Arizona plant tinkering with sapphire crystal glass.
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He managed to dodge questions about when the glass might roll off the assembly line and whether it's destined for a big-screen iPhone 6 or iWatch, but this is the first time we have it from the CEO himself that Apple is putting its money where the sapphire is.
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According to Patently Apple, Taiwanese partner Foxconn recently began testing assembly of "sapphire substrate display covers" for an unspecified iPhone, successfully packaging as many as 100 such devices so far - but it's unclear how those efforts fit into Apple's big picture.
ABC reporter David Muir attempted to connect the dots between sapphire glass, iPhone 6 and even the Apple Watch during the interview with Cook, who deflected each query with his usual Southern charm.
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