Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Apple, GT Advanced already planning to expand sapphire plant

updated 11:19 am EDT, Fri March 28, 2014

Expansion thought to be geared toward increasing yields

Even though the core facility still isn't finished, Apple and GT Advanced are already planning to expand their sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona, AppleInsider reports. The site claims that several companies have already stepped up with bids for the expansion. The plant and its grounds currently occupy 83 acres; the expansion may grow into land directly behind it, which records show are vacant and more than large enough to support a bigger complex.

It's still unclear what products Apple wants the sapphire for, but the company is believed to be eager enough to get the material that the facility is already partly operational ahead of completion, expected by June at the latest. Temporary generators are said to be in place to power production.

While the plant could simply be meant to supply the sapphire for Touch ID sensors and lens covers, Apple is rumored to be interested in display covers for next-generation iPhones and/or the iWatch. The main obstacle would be cost, but having its own dedicated sapphire plant would bring down manufacturing expenses.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News