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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.

Article Link: Apple Planning New R&D Facility in Taiwan?
 

Klae17

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Just wondering what are the advantages of having R&D facilities across different nations?

Diversity of skill and backgrounds will help develop better products. Sometimes ideas outside of the U.S.A. are good too you know.
 

Squilly

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Sounds pretty good. Near all the manufacturers would make it easier to develop product.
 

iGrip

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iPhone:

Designed in Taiwan. Made in China.


Is that what things are coming to?
 

AngerDanger

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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.
 

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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.

ImageTSMC'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?

How about Both Google and Apple should start buliding in America ? :)
 

inkswamp

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Google just announced that they were already planning to build two new R&D facilities in Taiwan.
 

KazKam

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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.
 

phoenixsan

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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:
 

Firelock

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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.
 

Otis Bagotis

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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.
 

SeattleMoose

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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?
 

PollyK

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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....
 

techwhiz

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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.
 

tdtran1025

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Just wondering what are the advantages of having R&D facilities across different nations?

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.
 

hugodrax

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Just wondering what are the advantages of having R&D facilities across different nations?


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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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