Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Files For Bankruptcy

Are you a gambler? GTAT announces Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Stock drops 90%, hovering near a dollar. Analysts ringing the death knell. What happened?

Are you a gambler?

TechCrunch

GT Advanced Technologies, which has a supply relationship with Apple after an agreement struck late last year, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company will continue to operate as normal despite the filing, which is designed to protect its assets and operating budget from debt while it restructures and re-finances its obligations.

Apple’s relationship with GT Advanced Technologies includes a contract that covers $578 million worth of synthetic sapphire production, which it now seems apparent is being used at least for the construction of the Apple Watch, which boasts sapphire on its higher-end models, though it uses strengthened glass (like the iPhone 6) on the entry-level Sports editions.

While many analysts and observers had anticipated GT Advanced Technologies supplying engineered sapphire glass for the iPhone 6, Apple instead went with its own reinforced glass product, which is similar to the popular Gorilla Glass option used by…

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