Apple to Turn Failed Arizona Sapphire Factory Into a Data Center

Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting for the WSJ:

Apple Inc. plans to invest $2 billion to build a data center in Arizona in the location where its failed sapphire manufacturing facility exists, the state announced Monday.

The company plans to employ 150 full-time Apple staff at the Mesa, Arizona, facility, which will serve as a command center for its global network of data centers. In addition to the investment for the data center, Apple plans to build a solar farm capable of producing 70-megawatts of energy to power the facility.

So does this mean we aren’t getting sapphire iPhone displays, or that Apple is going to procure them elsewhere?

Monday, 2 February 2015