Apple is opening a new unit in Germany to direct its work on wireless and mobile technologies for its future iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Apple has announced the creation of a new European design center in Munich, Germany, promising an investment of more than one billion euros in this facility.
The Munich investment will focus on 5G and future wireless technologies from Apple. 1,500 engineers are expected to be recruited in the capital of southern Germany. Apple's presence in Munich dates back 40 years.
Apple says engineers in Munich will help design its own processors, a growing business illustrated by the release of new M1 chips that power the 2020 MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pros, and Mac mini.
100% renewable energy
The company has confirmed that it will open a new 30,000 square meter site in Munich's Karlstrasse district. This installation will become the European Silicon Design Center and will open its doors at the end of 2022.
It will run on 100% renewable energy, according to Apple, which today has more than 4,000 employees in Germany in sales, engineering, and operations.
“I couldn't be more excited about everything our engineering teams in Munich are going to discover, whether it's exploring the new frontiers of 5G technology or a new generation of technology that bring power, speed, and connectivity to the world,” says Tim Cook.
New wireless technologies
According to Apple, the new Munich site will be home to "Apple's growing cellular unit and Europe's largest research and development site for semiconductor and mobile wireless software."
“The team creates 5G and future technologies, bringing innovations to all aspects of the wireless experience through the seamless integration of hardware and software engineering. The teams will also focus on the development, integration, and optimization of wireless modems for Apple products. Apple's site in Linz, Austria, is at the forefront of new radio technologies,” adds Apple.