Foxconn Rumoured to Spend $2.6B on a Sapphire Display Factory for Apple

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Looks like Apple’s plans for sapphire glass displays for its iOS devices are pretty much alive as a new report by Focus Taiwan (via G4Games) is claiming that Foxconn is planning to invest a hefty $2.6 billion on a display factory in Taiwan, which will supply components exclusively to Apple. The report also notes that Foxconn will likely use this facility to produce sapphire displays for the Cupertino company.

“A new report from China suggests that Foxconn has decided to build a new factory in China, which will produce sapphire displays for the next-gen iPhones. Foxconn signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou city government in central China (Henan Province) in order to set up a sapphire factory on a 133-hectare plot of land situated next to an iPhone 6 assembly plant.”

It is possible that Foxconn may actually become Apple’s sapphire display supplier in the future, though it may take some time since building a gigantic facility and setting up a viable mass production strategy are two very different things. It is also possible that Apple has still not found a sapphire boules provider that can match the massive yield an iPhone with a sapphire display requires.

Let’s hope Apple can conjure up a new sapphire display collaborator in the next couple of years, or may be just in time for the iPhone 7.

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  • ShaBi

    Am I the only one who would not care for a sapphire screen? Bulky, brittle, costly, and no real significant advantage over Gorilla Glass.

  • Rio

    Well we don’t really know what properties this new sapphire screen will hold. Depending on how it is made, and used it won’t necessarily have the same properties as sapphire. Just like regular Gorilla Glass has very different properties from regular glass.

  • Tim

    Sounds like the next version of Gorilla glass is pretty tough. Apple is going to be late to the game here. That doesn’t mean they won’t still try to market the crap out of it, but it likely won’t be any better than what’s already available by the time it comes out.

  • hunter

    how do you know so well about the sapphire glass that Apple would be using? Have you had a chance to use it?? I am sure Apple would be smart enough (probably smarter than you) to put something slim and not costly.

  • johnnygoodface

    And GT in all this?