Apple Planning New R&D Facility in Taiwan?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: Apple Planning New R&D Facility in Taiwan?
  2. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    Just wondering what are the advantages of having R&D facilities across different nations?
  3. Klae17 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Diversity of skill and backgrounds will help develop better products. Sometimes ideas outside of the U.S.A. are good too you know.
  4. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Sounds pretty good. Near all the manufacturers would make it easier to develop product.
  5. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010

    Designed in Taiwan. Made in China.

    Is that what things are coming to?
  6. Bhatu macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2013
    It should be right in front of SAMSUNG facility!! :cool:
  7. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    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.
  8. bobenhaus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    How about Both Google and Apple should start buliding in America ? :)
  9. inkswamp macrumors 68030


    Jan 26, 2003
    Google just announced that they were already planning to build two new R&D facilities in Taiwan.
  10. autrefois, Aug 8, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

    autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    After OS X Mavericks, we will have OS X Baishawan!


    (From the site: "This beach is the closest to Taipei city and during summer is packed with swimmers, surfers and sunbathers")
  11. KazKam macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2011
    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.
  12. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Tornadoes can't hit them all at once.
  13. STiNG Operation macrumors 6502a

    STiNG Operation

    Aug 15, 2012
    The Zoo
    I love apple design concepts. GIVE ME MORE GLASS AND WINDOWS!!!!
  14. sunapple macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    I'd like the flat see-through glass phone thing from the movies, thanks.
  15. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    Look! The building is a tube like the nMP! Think different!
  16. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    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....

  17. rizzo41999 macrumors regular


    May 27, 2009
    So much for "Designed by Apple in California."
  18. Firelock macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    R&D best occurs where your engineers are. If they are doing all the engineering in Taiwan, then they need to have R&D facilities there. It's not like Apple isn't building that massive mothership out in California.
  19. Otis Bagotis macrumors member

    Otis Bagotis

    May 9, 2013
    Are you serious? Chinese engineering is usually used as a butt of a joke.
  20. SeattleMoose macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Looking at the building in the photo I now know where the new MP design came from. Wonder if it has a big hole down the middle?
  21. PollyK macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    So why is Samsung able to open a semiconductor plant in Texas? A foreign company comes to the US where labor is a lot more expensive than in Taiwan, China, etc....
  22. techwhiz macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2010
    Northern Ca.
    Analysts have no clue.

    Probably will not be a full R&D center.
    Apple designs systems here in the US.

    Center will probably focus on supply chain management, management of the partners and prototype evaluation.

    That makes sense.

    Moving a portion of your team across the globe for development, makes no sense. 12 or so hours away means you never have a good time for meetings with the people on the other side of the globe. You also never get answers to questions quickly because you rarely work at the same time.

    If you want to delay a project, try two teams separated by 12 hours.
  23. tdtran1025 macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
    China is where the $ is. Additionally, having Chinese engineers working on future phone models that cater to specific users' habits and tasted makes sense. Wr may not see such phones elsewhere only need to seize market share there to be a fat cat. Maps and Facetime can be a deciding factor because internet is quite cheap and ubiquitous there.
    Kudos to Apple.
  24. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2007

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    Simple, Wage arbitrage. We want to offshore as may jobs out of the US and replace them with McJobs, insure the Federal government continues to provide any required aid (food stamps etc..) and insure people have access to credit so they can borrow the difference to make up for the spread between the cost of living and mcjob wages.

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