Apple to Expand Presence in Ireland and North Carolina

Apple is expanding its presence in Ireland with a new product testing center, the Irish Examiner reports, alongside opening a new office in North Carolina.

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Apple will open a new product testing center in Cork, Ireland, in what will be the first facility of its kind to test Apple devices in Europe. At the site, Apple engineers and technicians will use a range of equipment, including electron microscopes and CT scanners, to test products with the aim of improving durability and performance.

The testing center is located nearby to Apple's campus at Hollyhill, and was previously used to store hard disks, manuals, and documentation. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Apple's vice president of European Operations Cathy Kearney said the new test facility was "a natural evolution from all the investments in recent years" in Cork:

The focus of this facility is to ensure the best product, durability and performance, and the lab team here will be testing and analysing Apple's entire range of products. This facility is the first of its kind in Europe and we are delighted to have it here in Cork.

The new testing facility in Cork follows the establishment of an Apple team in Ireland dedicated to researching artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Meanwhile, WRAL reports that Apple is planning to spend $19.3 million to renovate the seven-floor MetLife Building 3 in Cary, North Carolina. The location is a temporary space ahead of the opening of a new, $1 billion Apple campus in the state. Apple is in the process of recruiting a range of technical staff, developers, and engineers for the new office, according to Cary Chamber of Commerce President Mark Lawson.

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Top Rated Comments

ErlichBachman Avatar
29 months ago

Sod the testing centre, give us a goddamn apple store. It’s ridiculous that the EU headquarters is in Ireland and we don’t have a single store.
They want to use Ireland for the tax breaks but have no interest in their Irish customers
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Squozen Avatar
29 months ago
Sod the testing centre, give us a goddamn apple store. It’s ridiculous that the EU headquarters is in Ireland and we don’t have a single store.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twolf2919 Avatar
29 months ago

Greed is good, eh? Apple has so much money it doesn't know what to do with it. It's tax dodging just because it can.
It's 'tax dodging' because it has a responsibility to its owners - i.e. the shareholders - to maximize their return on investment. You're barking up the wrong tree: tell inept governments to close those tax loop holes and companies will stop taking advantage of them.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rpmurray Avatar
29 months ago
In what sweatshop was that picture taken?
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citysnaps Avatar
29 months ago
Who among the above infuriated and outraged will be standing up and voting with their wallets, and purchase competing computers and phones?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Corsig Avatar
29 months ago

Greed is good, eh? Apple has so much money it doesn't know what to do with it. It's tax dodging just because it can.
So would you and I if we could pay less taxes.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)