Apple to build its first Asia-Pacific R&D center in China

Apple to build its first Asia-Pacific R&D center in China

According to a Reuters report, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a Tuesday announcement that his company has plans underway to increase its investment in China, and to build its first Asia-Pacific Research and Development (R&D) center in the country.

The report has revealed that Cook -- during a trip to China -- made a commitment to Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli that Apple’s first Asia-Pacific R&D center will be built in China by the end of 2016.

Apple’s recently-announced decision to build an R&D center in China is a long-rumored move. The company has already set up its R&D centers in a number of countries across the world, including the UK, France, Sweden, Israel, and Japan.

Going by the details shared by Apple, the R&D center in China will basically serve as a hub for bring together the company’s engineering and operations teams in China. Moreover, the center will also apparently enable Apple to fortify its ties to partners and universities.

The announcement of Apple’s plans to build its first Asia-Pacific R&D center in China comes within months of a May statement by the head of China's industry and technology regulator -- stressing information security -- that the bigwig US tech company could deepen its cooperation with China in the R&D arena.


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