Secrecy surrounds Apple factory deal

Sapphire screen
Sapphire screen

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic |

An Apple Inc. spokeswoman called The Arizona Republic on Monday afternoon to tell the newspaper the company would be involved in a news announcement within moments but would have no comment.

Soon, a New Hampshire company announced that Apple was fronting it money to open a factory in east Mesa and supply resilient sapphire-glass products to Apple. The facility will employ 700 people, with production beginning next year.

The well-documented secretive nature of tech giant Apple soon became apparent. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company would not describe what components the facility would make or other pertinent details. And through nondisclosure agreements, it has prevented anyone close to the deal from talking.

Some information could be tracked down from other sources. The facility will make the protective coverings for camera lenses and fingerprint readers on iPhones and could one day make the sturdy glass coverings for such devices.


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