Apple to begin sapphire production next month in Mesa?

Apple to begin sapphire production next month in Mesa?
Documents produced by the City of Mesa and Apple, related to sapphire production, were outed on Wednesday by analyst Matt Margolis. The paperwork was sent to U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board executive secretary Andrew McGilvray, and brings into focus some of Apple's plans for sapphire production with partner GT Advanced in the Arizona based factory. The sapphire produced in the plant will be a sub-component of Apple devices that will be imported into the states. Seemingly, the process of adding the sapphire to the devices will be done in the U.S. and will make the device (whatever it is) the best product in its class.

The project with GT Advanced, dubbed Operation Cascade, involves GT operating equipment it purchased, inside Apple's facility in Mesa. Apple has pre-paid GT Advanced $578 million which will be repaid over 5 years, starting next year. Foxconn has allegedly produced 100 prototypes of the next-gen Apple iPhone using a sapphire glass cover, just to test the manufacturing process. As the second hardest material after diamonds, a sapphire glass display for the Apple iPhone would be more resistant to scratching and cracking than Corning's Gorilla Glass. The facility in Mesa is expected to begin operation next month.


Apple currently uses the material as a lens cover on the Apple iPhone 5s, and to protect the fingerprint scanner on the TouchID embedded in the home button on the flagship model. Besides the possibility of Apple using more of the material on the next-gen iPhone, there is speculation that it will be used to produce the screen for the rumored Apple iWatch.
  



source: Scribd, 9to5Mac via AppleInsider

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10 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't for the phone, they can't make that much Sapphire glass and ship it to Foxconn and then ship it back to States cheaply. This is probably for the watch or to save money on the camera and touch id cover. Stop baiting the poor iPhone fans with more hope for actual product value, they're an easy bunch to excite. It'll only lead to disappointment and stupid excuses about how they didn't want it anyway and maybe next year BS.

3. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I am sure that iPhone will use Sapphire glass instead of Gorilla glass, as hype around this glass is growing. Apple like being first.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, Apple like being first and they don't know they are the last. Time to catch up, Apple!

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yet again, someone who sees the world in black and white. Thanks for your input, I'm sure Apple will be looking into that.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Xperias Ike 9 years old or something. He doesn't yet understand.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not recently, but producing enough glass for about 150 million phones in a year and shipping it to their factories in China sounds retarded (the glass factories are in the states). That's way too much unless they want to finish assembly in the states which would also add costs that isn't what Apple is known for. Likely they will make the watches in the states and market it as made in the USA to over price them a bit.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm glad apple hired you as their CEO, COO, CFC, and CFOOL. they're a lot better off now.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude finalflash is the biggest iHater on this site. His life is to make negative predictions about apple, and hate on every article. Apple can do what the heck they want to. This is a big redesign year for them, and it seems they're on their game plan. All we can do us stay tuned.

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"Apple iPhone would be more resistant to scratching and cracking than Corning's Gorilla Glass" ^ This, be it iphone display or smartwatch display I don't friggin care cuz anything that shows improvement is welcome

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder if all this supposed early production is for an early release, or building up stock for what's sure to be a huge selling device, if the screen size indeed increases. Seems apple is ramping up production early this year...stay tuned.

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