Following an earlier report which surfaced at the beginning of this week, in which it was claimed that Apple may be planning to open a new ‘Research and Development’ center in the heart of Beijing, CNET China adds to the report this morning by citing that the facility may actually be destined for the municipality of Shanghai.
The publication offers up the following photos of the build, which it claims – (according to ‘people familiar with the project‘) – is the location of Apple’s new six-story research mega-complex. Located in the very heart of the city, the 100,000 sq foot build reportedly consists of three six-story buildings that will eventually become the home of some of Apple’s own workforce — people who will be looking to further better Apple’s current (and future) products.
With China now considered one of Apple’s major emerging markets, it would certainly make sense that the company may want to base some of its R&D operations in the immediate region.
The “secret” facility is currently expected to go online, officially, sometime this Summer, and it is so far unclear if those reports of an R&D facility opening in Beijing are completely separate to today’s report, or whether Apple eventually plans to open both R&D facilities – one in Beijing, and the other in Shanghai.