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03-26-2014, 11:29 PM #1
Progression of Apple's Sapphire Plant in Arizona Continues, Rumors Mention Expansion
Photos of Apple’s Mesa, Arizona sapphire plant, built in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, show progress while a new rumor claims the site may be expanded to a neighboring building. The folks over at AppleInsider received a batch of photos showing recent progress at the Apple-GT Advanced sapphire plant, a large nondescript building in Arizona that looks to be nearly complete (hit the source link at the bottom to see the rest of the pictures).
The construction personnel are working around the clock and even on weekends to get the job done by June. Documents filed with the US International Trade Administration in January revealed Apple’s “go live” target date was sometime in February, meaning the plant may be partially active as construction completes.
Recent rumors which are floating around the electrical industry in Arizona claim that Apple may be mulling a project expansion into a building on the site that was previously owned by photovoltaic panel maker First Solar, with the purpose of the support structure remaining unknown.
The Apple-GT Advanced factory devised under the codename “Project Cascade,” is said to be responsible for the production of a “new” sapphire part bound for a consumer Apple device. Some are speculating the component will either be a replacement part for current hardware such as an iPhone screen or perhaps be something completely new.
We’ll have to wait and see.