Apple Planning New R&D Facility in Taiwan?

According to VR-Zone Chinese [Google Translation] (via BGR) Apple is currently recruiting a development team in Taiwan, in order to establish a new research and development facility.

The Taiwan R&D center will supposedly focus its efforts on future iPhones, but may also work on other future products as well. Apple is said to be hiring for numerous positions at the facility, with a number of different engineering and managerial jobs available. There do not appear to be any new R&D job listings for Taiwan on the Apple site, so it appears that the hiring push for the facility has yet to begin.

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TSMC's Taiwan Facility

A Taiwanese development center makes sense, as it is where Apple partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is located. TSMC recently signed a deal with Apple that will see the company producing A-series chips for future Apple devices beginning in 2014.

Apple operates a number of other research and development facilities around the world and is currently planning to open another center in Shanghai this summer.

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iGrip Avatar
143 months ago
iPhone:

Designed in Taiwan. Made in China.


Is that what things are coming to?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
autrefois Avatar
143 months ago
After OS X Mavericks, we will have OS X Baishawan (http://taipei543.com/2012/08/20/adventures-along-taiwans-northwest-coast/)!



(From the site: "This beach is the closest to Taipei city and during summer is packed with swimmers, surfers and sunbathers")
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Otis Bagotis Avatar
143 months ago
TMSC there and continental China around the corner (bigger market and bigger assembly place), would make sense to have a R and D facility near. Chinese and Japanese technicians are very noted for their prowess....and being cynical, can cost a loss there than in the USA....


:):apple:

Are you serious? Chinese engineering is usually used as a butt of a joke.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
143 months ago
Diversity of skill and backgrounds will help develop better products. Sometimes ideas outside of the U.S.A. are good too you know.

Yep, I'm sure we'll see a Taiwanese influence in the next iPhone. :rolleyes: Seriously, Apple bragged about bringing jobs back to the US with the Mac Pro; this seems to contradict that goal.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JAT Avatar
143 months ago
Just wondering what are the advantages of having R&D facilities across different nations?

Tornadoes can't hit them all at once.
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KazKam Avatar
143 months ago
iPhone:

Designed in Taiwan. Made in China.


Is that what things are coming to?

If the US government, particularly this administration, keeps banging on the door of profitable US companies with one hand out and a cattle prod in the other? Yes.
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