Apple Sapphire Supplier Will Close Two Factories, Make 890 Workers Redundant

By Kate Knibbs on at

Apple better have a backup plan for the sapphire screens on its upcoming Apple Watch. The situation with its sapphire partner GT Technology does not look good. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, and now announced plans to close two of its sapphire factories in Arizona and Massachusetts.

890 people will lose their jobs. This contradicts GT's stated plans to continue business as usual, and it doesn't look good for GT's partnership with Apple.

Since GT is keeping the exact details of its situation under wraps, we don't know exactly what caused its current financial state and to what extent Apple was involved...but it's clear GT holds Apple at least partially responsible for this mess.

"GTAT believes that it has many claims against Apple arising out of its business relationship with Apple," the company said in a filing asking for authorisation to shut down the plants. [Wall Street Journal]