Now, according to a report by China Economic Weekly cited by Focus Taiwan, a site for the production of a new plant in the Chinese province of Henan has already been purchased.
The plot of land is said to be adjacent to one of the factories where the iPhone 6 is produced.
Apparently the sapphire crystal displays are set to be featured in the next iPhone models, likely called the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7, in 2015.
Contrary to the rumors that have long circulated, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus didn’t pack sapphire displays, and GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was supposed to take up their production, has gone bankrupt.
For now, Apple uses sapphire only to protect the key on the Touch ID and the lens of the iSight camera.
The material is known to offer a very high resistance to shock and scratches.