Apple predictably picks Shenzhen to be the home of its second Chinese R&D center
Beijing might be China’s capital, and Shanghai its most populous city, but Shenzhen comfortably leads the list of effervescent places jam-packed with the tools and resources needed to accelerate tech growth across a number of industry segments.
Some call it the Silicon Valley of hardware, and although it also tends to get a bad rap in certain circles for hosting the world’s most shameless and occasionally hilarious clone products, it was only a matter of time until Apple selected it as the home of its second local R&D center.
The Beijing-following research and development facility is officially coming sometime next year “so our engineering team can work even more closely and collaboratively with our manufacturing partners”, according to a spokesperson for the Cupertino-based giant.
Said manufacturing partners of course include neighboring ODMs Foxconn, Quanta, Pegatron or Inventec, all of which are technically headquartered in Taiwan, but run numerous production hubs in mainland China.
Alongside India, the world’s largest smartphone market remains the toughest to penetrate and dominate for Apple, which is threatening to become a huge hurdle for the company’s overall growth potential going forward, as Western sales continue to decelerate.
The upcoming Shenzhen R&D institute will probably not translate into an immediate and dramatic iDevice popularity hike, but in the long haul, it could do wonders for Apple’s Chinese reputation, strengthening “relationships with local partners and universities” by supporting “talent development across the country.”