Apple to invest $2B to convert failed Arizona sapphire factory into an data center

Tim Higgins, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. plans to invest $2 billion to convert an Arizona factory into a data center after the facility failed to produce sapphire screens for iPhones.

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in October after the supplier wasn’t able to produce screens of usable quality at the Apple-owned factory in Mesa, near Phoenix....

“We’re proud to continue investing in the U.S. with a new data center in Arizona, which will serve as a command center for our global networks,” Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, wrote in an e-mailed statement on Monday. “This multibillion-dollar project is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made.”

The center will be powered by solar power.

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