And from Europe to the Middle East. After walking around Germany on Wednesday (perhaps to meet secretly with some car manufacturer?), Tim Cook was back on the plane to fly to Israel, where he visited the new research and development center that Apple has opened in north Tel Aviv .
These facilities, along with those in Herzlyia and Haifa, make Israel the company’s largest R&D hub outside the United States. And to be more precise, one very focused on chip development , as confirmed by the acquisition in 2012 of Anobit Technologies (specialized in semiconductors) and in 2013 of PrimeSense (responsible for Kinect’s technology), as well as the hiring of practically all the personnel of the chip design division that Texas Instruments had in Raanana, 10 miles from the new building on the block.
“We hired our first worker in Israel in 2011 and now we have over 700 people working in the country directly for us” – Tim Cook
Apple jobs in the area are seeking a diverse range of hardware and software engineers with experience in semiconductor design. Even more exciting positions are in research on image processing algorithms and machine vision “for cutting-edge 3D detection technologies” where, according to Apple, those selected will be able to “take part in the development of ambitious and innovative products” . The new offices have the capacity to accommodate up to 1,200 workers, so if you control the subject and don’t mind leaving the country, perhaps it would be a good time to send out resumes.
According to statements to the Wall Street Journal by Shlomo Gradman, president of the Israeli Semiconductor Club, “Apple’s acquisitions in Israel and its expanding local presence show that the company is becoming more and more independent at the chip level, whereas it used to have to rely on external suppliers” . The most obvious example of this is the A6 (iPhone 5), A7 (iPhone 5s) and A8 (iPhone 6) chips themselves, all of which were developed by them as opposed to those previously designed by Samsung.
Apple is undergoing unprecedented expansion by opening new research and development facilities around the world, probably to make use of the mountain of money it accumulates outside the United States, where it already generates about 60% of its revenue. Thus, to the Tel Aviv center we will soon have to add others already announced in Yokohama (Japan), Shanghai (China) and Cambridge (United Kingdom).