Corroborating weeks of speculation, Apple has indirectly confirmed plans for an R&D center in China.
According to published reports Monday, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce says 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 is yet to publicly comment on plans for R&D in China, but by obtaining Chinese facilities for procurement management and R&D, Apple has essentially confirmed that which we’ve expected now for months.
As MMW reported earlier this month, Apple has allegedly been planning to open an R&D facility in China since well before the first iPhone was released in 2007.