Last week, various news outlets across the web reported that Apple may soon be looking to open a new R&D center in Taiwan. The center would purportedly aim at technology for future iPhone devices but, until now, there were no such job listings on Apple’s website.
As reported by Digitimes, that seems to have changed over the last week:
Apple has recently started hiring engineers in Taiwan and has posted positions such as senior packaging engineer, reliability engineering manager, senior software instrumentation engineer, senior AC-DC design engineer and sensing system hardware engineer on its website.
Apple is reportedly planning to establish an R&D team in Taiwan to develop products such as iPhone and has already attracted the attention of many IT engineers in Taiwan. Some market watchers even speculate that Apple may also establish a maintenance center for after-sales services.
Taiwan–or, Taipei specifically–is a great place for Apple to hire engineers due to high skill and low employment costs. Apple has already built relationships with other local companies such as Foxconn and Pegatron, but the report from Digitimes says that Apple may also build partnerships with companies like Wistron and Compal Communications to lower production costs.
Apple will surely be announcing at least one new iPhone model come September 10th, so that day will likely give us more insight into how Apple will be using these new engineers in Taiwan.