Apple has always placed great importance on R&D in order to deliver to its customers the best products possible. Now, news coming from the CNET China team, who apparently stumbled upon some information via relevant sources, claim that Apple is ready to extend its branch of R&D all the way to China.
Apparently, the Chinese financial news site yicai.com has already confirmed the information stating that Apple is due to open a new research facility in Shanghai as soon as this summer:
“Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce has announced that Apple will open its R&D center this summer. Apple has registered three firms in three buildings in Pudong, Shanghai, and one of them will be dedicated to procurement management and R&D, according to documents on the Shanghai Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce’s website.”
Apple was also rumored to be planning to open a R&D place in Beijing. A couple of weeks ago, Apple’s CEO himself, Tim Cook, talked about the subject when he met with the Beijing mayor. Nothing of the project has been revealed until now, though, so there’s no way to know if the plans are still viable.
Nevertheless, it makes sense for Apple to want to extend its R&D wings over China, since it has seen revenues worth $7.3 billion coming from the country - just in a single quarter. The only problem Apple might face in China, is the price it imposes on its products – most of them are too high for the average worker to afford.