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It Looks Like Apple Hasn’t Given Up On Sapphire Displays, Foxconn To Make Them

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Following the unfortunate demise of GT Advanced, Apple’s plans for sapphire glass displays seemed to have reached a stopping point. After all, GT Advanced was the Cupertino-based giant’s main sapphire supplier.

Not all is lost though, as Foxconn might play an important part in this story. More to the point, less than a week ago it has been reported that Foxconn plans to spend $2.6 billion on a display factory in Taiwan, which will supply components solely for Apple. Up until now it was unclear what kind of panels this factory will actually produce, but according to a new report from Focus Taiwan, Foxconn will apparently use this facility to produce sapphire displays for the Cupertino-based giant.

It Looks Like Apple Hasn't Given Up On Sapphire Displays, Foxconn To Make Them

It Looks Like Apple Hasn’t Given Up On Sapphire Displays, Foxconn To Make Them

Will Foxconn Become Apple’s Sapphire Display Supplier?

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.


The source suggests that Foxconn will use this facility to produce sapphire screens for Apple’s upcoming iPhone, but we are a bit skeptical about this particular timeframe. Setting up a new factory will take a while, and initially it was believed that Foxconn will invest $2.6 billion in its new plant, over the course of the next two years. Not to mention that building this type of behemoth and setting up a viable mass production strategy are two very different things and that Apple probably hasn’t found a sapphire boules provider that can match the necessary, gigantic yield that an iPhone with a sapphire display implies.

That being said, while Foxconn may become Apple’s sapphire display supplier in the future, chances are that the next-gen iPhone’s (2015) display will not employ this type of material as its protective layer. Maybe we’ll get lucky in 2016, or perhaps Apple will be able to conjure up a new collaborator in time for the iPhone (7). Only time will tell.

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It Looks Like Apple Hasn’t Given Up On Sapphire Displays, Foxconn To Make Them was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by Mihai Matei