We all remember Tim Cook’s remarks about the reason why they bought a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. The company is planning to make a big move into the adoption of sapphire into its product line-up, though Cook wasn’t specific on when we’d see this happen. The cool thing is that it’s hard to keep those plans a secret with all the government approval the company has to go through, and these details just surfaced.
The project is being dubbed Operation Cascade, and in a nutshell, it seems this will focus mainly on the next-generation iPhone. Reports have it that Foxconn has already manufactured 100 prototypes of the device, and these will be shipped to Mesa for the sapphire display to be assembled there. Sapphire is the second hardest material after diamonds, so this would bring an additional element of durability to Apple’s future mobile devices.
An interesting note is that this sapphire glass seems to be just a sub-component of the device, so it’s hard to know if this is really just a screen protector, and not the actual display. Time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted as rumors keep developing.