On Monday, we brought you the news of Apple’s apparent plans to open a research and development center in Pudong, Shanghai. Since then, however, the story seems to have changed. If today’s rumor comes to fruition, then Apple will not be opening a Shanghai R&D center, but the facility will rather be used as a dedicated supply chain management center.
This rumor comes as Apple has just started to hire supply chain management experts in the Pudong area, and even has the backing of a member of Apple China’s marketing department, who says that Apple isn’t preparing its known Shanghai location for the purpose of R&D. This contradicts the ‘evidence’ that suggested Tim Cook had promised a research and development center in the area on a trip to China.
Should this rumor have any truth behind it, then any hopes of a new Chinese R&D center in the near future may have fallen through, since Monday’s story replaced speculation that such a facility would open in Bejing. Whether scrapping any plans for an R&D facility in China is a good move for the Cupertino company is debatable, since the country is an area to focus on for future growth for the business.
Via: Apple Insider