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

Posted January 30, 2014 at 7:18am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7447 views

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

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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.
Jedediah Johnson - January 31, 2014 at 8:36am
You make no sense in your comments dude. If apple introduces sapphire parts on their phones and other products then Samsung follows them and starts using them too how is that innovative? It's copying. Simple as that. For many years, and it's been well documented that Korean companies have been well known to be nothing but unoriginal copycats when it came to making products, whatever they may be. Come to terms with your lunacy and delusional thinking. Samsung is a follower and copier. Look at all the apps, features and designs apple has introduced first then Samsung copied them. How is that innovation. And if you hate apple so much why are you even on this site? Is it that you're such a loser that you have to come here and troll just to get attention? Have fun living in your delusional loser fantasyland you troll.
Chris - January 31, 2014 at 7:01pm
+1. Well said! I would like to point out that Samsung has lost their copyright battle with Apple ... so that means even the courts believe that Samsung is a copycat!
Jedediah Johnson - February 2, 2014 at 6:00pm
Notice how none of the trolls respond when you prove them wrong.
Ismeal Spamtos - February 2, 2014 at 6:40pm
Every damn time with this kid, commented, replied to, clueless, repeats.
Zookeeper - February 3, 2014 at 8:48am
It's like being at a zoo. Someone bangs on the monkey cage then just walks away with a smirk on their face. The monkeys will scream and become belligerent and continue to do so long after their cage has been rattled.
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