toggle

AAPL Stock: 132.54 ( + 1.15 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Apple, GT Advanced open second sapphire plant in Massachusetts

updated 12:31 pm EDT, Thu June 19, 2014

Smaller facility may be purely for test production

Apple and GT Advanced have opened up a second sapphire manufacturing facility in Salem, Massachusetts, according to a filing submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week. GT already owned the 50,000-square-foot space in Salem, but has used part of Apple's recent $578 million prepayment to retrofit it with furnaces like the primary sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona. Previously, the Salem complex was used as a research lab.

It's in fact unclear if the Salem building will be used to supplement Mesa production or just serve further test purposes. Rumors have hinted that the Mesa factory could double in size however, which may imply that GT needs to improve production wherever possible to keep up with Apple demand.

At this point, Apple has yet to explain the reason for partnering with GT. The company has been using sapphire glass in cameras and the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s, and is expected to bring Touch ID to iPads and more iPhones this fall. Some analysts have suggested that it will have enough sapphire to cover iPhone and iWatch displays as well, but that could potentially be expensive.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

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

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Notti smart lamp from Witti

Perhaps you've already seen our review of the Dotti LED display from Witti Design. Meet Notti, Dotti's "sibling". Notti is a softb ...

Seagate Personal Cloud (2-Bay)

When it comes to backing up files, many users are now looking to the myriad of cloud storage solutions available. There is no doubt th ...

Leitz Icon Label Printer

When you say the words "label printer" to people, they either just really don't care, or they get incredibly excited. This is one o ...

toggle

Most Commented