Sapphire has started shipping from Apple’s plant in Arizona to the suppliers in China way ahead of fueling the operation with more furnaces capable of supplying larger quantities. Sapphire has become an important element for Apple since it is going to replace the Corning’s Gorilla Glass on the new iPhone’s screen. Apple has also paired with GT Advanced Technologies to produce more of this element from a plant.
Previously it was thought that the two companies have joined hands to produce sapphire for the Apple iPhone 6 display but now it appears that the sapphire is also required for the home button as well as the camera. According to analyst Matt Margolis, approximately 100,000 to 115,000 sapphire screens could be produced from 2,200 kg of sapphire ingots. The first small shipment which was sent to Apple from its partner GT was worth $1 million. Since most furnaces were delivered between the time period of December and February, it is most likely that the production facilities are running at their full capacities.
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