Apple announced today that it will set up two additional research and development centers in China, to go with the two locations in the country that it announced last year. The new R&D centers will open in Shanghai and Suzhou, the company said in a statement on its Chinese website on Friday.

Apple hopes the centers will help it to attract graduates from institutes such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and has partnered with schools in the region to offer internship programs, in the hope of developing experts to work closely with its regional supply chain.

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Shanghai, China

"We are looking forward to working with more local partners and academic institutions through the expansion of R&D centers in China," said Dan Riccio, senior vice president of hardware engineering at Apple. "We are honored to have access to excellent talent and a positive entrepreneurial spirit in the region, where our developers and suppliers will be working together.

Apple's attempt to boost its presence in the country began last September with the opening of its first R&D center in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as "China's Silicon Valley". Another R&D center, this time in Shenzhen, was announced the following month.

Apple has pledged to invest more than 3.5 billion yuan ($508 million) in research and development in the country, in a bid to address dwindling returns on its Chinese iPhone business as consumers opt for low-cost mobile alternatives. Apple has also experienced pushback in other areas of its China plans, including the closure of iTunes and iBooks Stores.

Apple is expected to have completed construction of all its research and development centers in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Suzhou later this year.

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triton100 Avatar
57 months ago
Cool we can expect even faster Apple product knock offs now (eye roll emoji)
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Michaelgtrusa Avatar
57 months ago
Why not just move to that western created nation, then, we will create a new American owned tech company. Sold us out a long time ago.
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NachoGrande Avatar
57 months ago
Designed in California :(
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cube Avatar
57 months ago
You go where the talent is.
Apple shows low wages are the first priority.
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BlandUsername Avatar
57 months ago
You go where the talent is.
You go where the manufacturing can be hidden from the public eye easily.
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michaelsviews Avatar
57 months ago
Yup, employ all those folks that came here on free money for an education and took it back to China. Can't wait to read headlines like "Apple stock delisted today".
Should have just built the new campus "Spaceship" in China, probably would have been built twice as fast also.

What about the brand new R&D building at the new campus? How many R&Ds do you need? Or what back door things are you doing?

Apple is not apple anymore, could give 2 ****$ about there computer lines and all i this and i that is there primary priority.
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