The State of Arizona announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona. The new plant is going to create around 1,300 construction-related jobs and 700 jobs for manufacturing. The new plant is part of a deal between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc., one of Appleâ€™s suppliers for sapphire glass.
GT will make the sapphire glass used in its smartphone cameras and fingerprint sensors at the Arizona plant. Apple has prepaid GT approximately $578 million for the deal which GT will reimburse over the next five years. Also, the new Arizona manufacturing facility is going to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET:
Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, seems to be happy regarding Appleâ€™s new sapphire plant:
Currently, Apple is using sapphire crystal for the fingerprint sensors in its latest iPhone 5s, but part of the production is also going to be used in new Mac Pro units. And who knows, maybe Apple is indeed preparing for the launch of its much-rumored iWatch.