While Apple is still somewhat “boulish” on sapphire — Foxconn reportedly will try their hand — the failed Apple sapphire factory in Mesa, AZ will be repurposed as a data center.
According to The AP, Apple has announced its intention to invest $2 billion over 10 years in the former manufacturing plant.
“This multi-billion dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the US,” Apple said in a statement. “Like all Apple data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, much of which will come from a new local solar farm.”
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“This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple’s interest in our state,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement. “Apple is by far one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. Its decision to bring this new facility to Mesa is a huge win for Arizona and a high testament to our business-friendly climate and talented workforce.”
Apple says its expects to employ 150 full-time workers at the site. Site conversion will also employ some hundreds more on a short-term basis.
It’s said that the Mesa, AZ data center will serve as master data center managing and coordinating iCloud, iTunes, etc service between Apple’s existing data centers.
Also of interest is the solar farm Apple has committed to build near its upcoming Mesa data center, which will produce 70 megawatts said to be “enough to power more than 14,500 homes” or Kimye’s combined ego for 15 minutes…
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