Apple Could Rely on Foxconn to Produce Sapphire Material

Sapphire Boule

Rumors are surfacing about ‘Foxconn’ getting in on Apple’s sapphire business for future iPhones, courtesy of a source speaking with Cult of Mac. While Foxconn hasn’t been reported to have actual experience growing sapphire, sources say that they are reportedly very interested in the material, and that they’ve been actively pursuing various sapphire related patents over the past years.

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Foxconn Assembly Robots Aren’t Meeting Apple’s Demands


Foxconn has deployed some factory assembly machines recently to help assemble iPhones and other Apple devices for more convenience, but so far the program may not be as successful as they may have first anticipated. According to the Chinese economic website Jiemian and G4Games, the first-generation Foxconn robots are not that accurate and precise to meet Apple’s demands and standards.
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Foxconn Rumored to Produce Sapphire at New Plant

Foxconn's new building

On Wednesday, a new report by Focus Taiwan came out, and reported that China Economic Weekly  said that “Foxconn has signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou city government in Henan Province, central China, to set up a display factory on a plot of land next to an iPhone 6 assembly plant.” If this is true, Foxconn’s upcoming $2.6 billion facility in central China will be dedicated to producing screens for Apple’s mobile devices, which would then use synthetic sapphire crystals for increased durability and protection.

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This Foxconn Problem Could Hurt The iPhone 6


As Apple releases their newly two handsets across the whole world, a shortage of production sadly falls on Apple, as they try to meet them. Courtesy of DigiTimes, they had wrote “Strong demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pushing Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to start large-scale hiring at its plants in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, China, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.” Which means that, a lot of people are waiting for their new handsets to be manufactured.
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