At the end of last year we commented on the agreement between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, which covers the creation of a sapphire glass factory in Mesa, Arizona.
Today the 9to5Mac brought new information about this facility from conversations between officials in the American Foreign Trade Zone (U.S. Foreign Trade Zone) and Jason Patton, the company's deputy director of global trade compliance.
According to the documents, Ma's plans involve opening the factory in February (which is even considered ?aggressive? by Patton). Most interesting, however, how Apple plans to use sapphire glass. See this excerpt from the document:
2. Provide a brief summary (usually not more than a few paragraphs) of the proposed activity to be carried out under the FTZ procedures (Foring-Trade Zone).
The Cascata Project (Project Cascade) to lead the manufacture of high-tech goods / intermediate components for consumer electronic products. All manufactured components will be exported. This high-tech manufacturing process will create a new critical sub-component for Apple products to be used in the manufacture of consumer electronics products that will be imported and sold globally. By carrying out this process in the U.S., Apple uses new cutting-edge technologies to enhance and improve consumer products, making them the best in their categories.
Creation of a new critical sub-component for Apple products that will be exported and used in iGadgets sold globally? T with every pint of a new canvas, right? Apparently, the sapphire glass is more resistant to scratches than the Gorilla Glass currently used, however, nothing about resistance to falls / impacts has been commented.
In addition to sapphire glass, other processes such as diamond cuts (used today in the manufacture of iPhones 5 / 5s, iPads and Mac Pro frames) will also be made in this new installation in Arizona.
Tim Cook was not kidding when he said that Mac Pro production in the United States was just the beginning of, say, a more nationalist movement at Apple.