Apple Looking to Establish R&D Center in Beijing?

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    Apple Looking to Establish R&D Center in Beijing?

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    BrightWire reports on an article from Chinese web portal Tencent claiming that Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed during his visit to China last week the company's plans to establish a research and development center in Beijing. The report includes several other items of information pointing to Apple's continued efforts to strengthen its presence in the rapidly growing Chinese market.

    - At a meeting with Beijing's acting mayor Wang Anshun on January 8, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to set up an R&D center in Beijing, an unnamed insider source told Tencent Tech today.

    - Cook also noted that Apple will move a certain amount of its servers for App Store and iTunes to China in order to improve the downloading speed for users in China.

    The report also cites "IT insiders" claiming that Apple is likely to set up its Chinese data center in either Zhangjiakou to the northwest of Beijing or in Inner Mongolia.

    Tim Cook shared some of his thoughts on the Chinese market during his visit to the country, noting that Apple has plans to build more than 25 retail stores in the Greater China region and that it is working hard to speed up the regulatory approval process for its products so that they can launch closer to the first wave of debuts.

    Apple has been looking to open research and development centers outside of the United States, seeking to draw upon international expertise for some of its technological advances. The company has already moved forward on a center in Israel, and there had previously been claims that Apple was exploring the possibility of a research center in Russia, although those talks do not appear to have yielded any commitments.

    1-15-13


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    City of Shanghai confirms Apple plans for R&D center


    Apple is opening a research and development center in Shanghai this summer, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce has announced. The company is said to have secured three buildings in Pudong, the city's main finance and commerce district, of which one will be devoted to procurement management and R&D. Apple itself has yet to make an announcement, but the company rarely talks about its infrastructure projects.

    The announcement appears to line up exactly with a report from earlier this month, although details such as square footage and the cost of the venture haven't been confirmed. If the CNET account is true, Apple may have to spend about $8.04 million per year to rent the three buildings. Combined the facilities are thought to offer roughly 107,639 square feet.

    Tencent claims that Apple is working on a Beijing R&D center have largely evaporated. CEO Tim Cook allegedly mentioned the center to Beijing's acting mayor earlier this month, but nothing has emerged since. It's unlikely that Apple would establish two R&D centers in the same country, at least not in quick succession.


    1-28-13


    www.macnn.com


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