Apple in China with first research and development center
Apple has once again expanded its development footprint with a new R&D center in the heart of Beijing, according to Digitimes.
The company has invested about $15 million into the venture and it is expected that Apple will add another $30 million of capital. Apple will move in 500 employees into the Zhongguancun Science Park to work on “computer software and hardware products, communication, audio and video devices, as well as advanced technologies for consumer electronics and the information industry.” According to the website for the park, Xiaomi and Lenovo also have presences there.
Apple has foreign R&D facilities in Japan, Israel and the UK so far and is looking to expanding into Canada, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
China is Apple’s largest market for its iPhone products, second to the US.