Apple is reported to have been forced into buying glass cutting machines to encourage its suppliers to produce a specially curved screen for its forthcoming iPhone 5 smartphone.
Citing industry sources, the Taiwan based DigiTimes publication said that Apple wanted a curved screen, but the cover glass manufacturers were unwilling to buy the expensive glass cutting machines needed - just to supply one customer.
As a result, Apple reportedly went out and purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers, said the sources.
The glass slicing machines are currently being stored at associated assembly plants and will be brought online once yield rates for the production of curved glass reaches a satisfactory level, the sources revealed.
On the web: DigiTimes