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Apr 12, 2001

Apple on Thursday announced it will invest $1 billion to build a new campus in Austin, Texas.

Located less than a mile from its existing facilities, the 133-acre campus will initially accommodate 5,000 additional employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, which would make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

One of Apple's existing facilities in North Austin
"Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Talent, creativity and tomorrow's breakthrough ideas aren't limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we're redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide."
In its press release, Apple said jobs created at the campus would include a wide range of functions, including engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales, and customer support. At 6,200 people, Austin already represents the largest population of Apple employees outside Cupertino.

"Apple is among the world's most innovative companies and an avid creator of jobs in Texas and across the country," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. "Their decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers. I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State."
In addition to the new campus, Apple announced plans for a general expansion of operations over the next three years in cities across the United States, including Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder. Apple also said it will establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City.

The announcement caps a year of continued job creation for Apple. The company added 6,000 jobs to its American workforce in 2018 and now employs 90,000 people in all 50 states. In January, Apple said it was on track to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2023.

Apple said it also plans to invest $10 billion in U.S. data centers over the next five years, including $4.5 billion this year and next.

Article Link: Apple Announces Plans to Build $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Texas


macrumors 6502a
May 27, 2005
Michael Dell's house is close by for some stories of how Microsoft is beating them.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 26, 2010

Hope it’s near my fave places. Just had totally fun outing with a couple friends here-archer hotel at the domain


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macrumors 65816
Sep 25, 2008
Great for Texas residents. Now it would be nice to look at other states that don't have campuses.

It literally says it in the article that they will be expanding to other cities and states...

In addition to the new campus, Apple announced plans for a general expansion of operations over the next three years in cities across the United States, including Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder. Apple also said it will establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City.


macrumors regular
Sep 7, 2017
I live in Pittsburgh and Apple has been here developing for a long time. Carnegie Mellon University is here and that is where the Mach Operating System was developed that is the heart of OSX and iOS.

Google has a lot going on here too and Uber has their self driving car testing here too.

A far cry from the old smoky city picture days.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 13, 2013
This seems great on the surface, but I'm concerned that the influx of Californians will have a negative impact on Texas' state capital, the health of the region's real estate market, taxes, and traffic. Plus, Austin has already lost a significant portion of its charm.

I hope we can find balance with this level of change.

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macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
See if this holds up as the iPhone sales continue to decline.

Tim Cook just announced this new Campus addition to commence ,and you’re making it seem that this won’t ‘hold up’ because of ‘Declining iPhone sales’? Not seeing the relation here at all, this new project _is_ happening, and apparently other cities are in future plans.


macrumors 65816
Dec 23, 2016
Austin, TX
It will be interesting to see how many motivators led to Apple's move here in Austin. I can't find any details on the deal yet except 2 or more years old. The article below, penned in 2016, says Apple gets roughly 35 million in tax breaks. Also not mentioned above is that the estimated average salary for Austin employees will be around $35000/year. Expansion in the U.S. is partly motivated by sanctions placed upon Apple for tax breaks on international facilities. Hopefully, the incentive deal and more details on employment opportunities will come to the fore soon. This expansion really has been rather hush-hush.
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