Apple Hoping to Have Arizona Sapphire Plant Live in February For 'Critical' Product Component

Apple Hoping to Have Arizona Sapphire Plant Live in February For 'Critical' Product Component

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Apple has already announced that it would be opening a sapphire manufacturing plant back in November, however, little information has came out since then. We later on learned that the plant would involve components for future iPhone and iPod products thanks to a job posting , and now we might have an idea on when Apple plans to take the plant live.

Today, 9to5mac has tracked down documents that reveal Apple's aggressive plan to have the plant live by February 2014. The documents also indicate the sapphire plan will be used for a "critical new sub-component" in an Apple product. Currently, sapphire is used in the iPhone 5s Touch ID home button as well as the camera lens.

Project Cascade will conduct high-tech manufacturing of intermediate goods/components for consumer electronics. All finished components will be exported. This high-tech manufacturing process will create a critical new sub-component of Apple Products to be used in the manufacture of the consumer electronics that will be imported and then sold globally. By pulling this process into the U.S., Apple will be using cutting edge, new technology to enhance and improve the consumer products, making them best in class per product type.

We've heard rumors of the next-generation iPhone featuring a front display made up of sapphire, which would greatly improve durability. Sapphire could also be used in Apple's long-awaited iWatch that is rumored to launch in 2014.

What do you think the new plant will be used for?

via 9to5mac

Apple Hoping to Have Arizona Sapphire Plant Live in February For 'Critical' Product Component
K - February 1, 2014 at 5:59pm
Love to see what trolls defend with next.
Bac Ho - February 1, 2014 at 5:40pm
That a big gap for Samsuck follow.
! - January 30, 2014 at 10:17pm
I bet this is for the iPhone 6
Denial - January 30, 2014 at 4:28pm
More likely trying to protect their intellectual property.
Tony - January 30, 2014 at 12:12pm
Samsung hopping to follow so I can use this as an example to prove to isheeps how innovative we are against crApple.
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