Apple begins development of latest $1 billion campus in Texas

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FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. brand is seen hanging on the Apple retailer on fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. Information/Mike Segar/File Picture

(Information) – Apple Inc mentioned on Wednesday it had began development of a brand new campus in Austin, Texas, beside its current facility the place it makes the brand new MacBook Professional laptops.

Apple Chief Government Officer Tim Prepare dinner is ready to offer a tour of the Texas manufacturing facility to U.S. President Donald Trump in a while Wednesday.

The corporate has come beneath hearth from Trump as a result of it makes most of its merchandise in China. However Prepare dinner and Trump have developed an excellent relationship. In 2017, Trump mentioned Prepare dinner had “promised me three massive crops — massive, massive, massive.”

The brand new $1 billion, Three-million-square-foot campus will initially home 5,000 staff, with the capability to develop to 15,000, and is anticipated to open in 2022, Apple mentioned.

Austin is without doubt one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities, with a inhabitants of about 1 million, and is dwelling to the College of Texas and different tech firms, together with Dell Applied sciences Inc in close by Spherical Rock, Texas.

Apple presently employs about 7,000 staff in Austin.

The corporate additionally continues its enlargement in Boulder, Culver Metropolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle, it mentioned in an announcement.

Apple mentioned it’s also making ready to ship the brand new Mac Professional desktop computer systems to prospects, at a manufacturing facility only a brief distance away from Austin, beginning in December.

The brand new Mac Professional desktop grew to become a political flashpoint earlier this yr when the Wall Road Journal reported that Apple was transferring manufacturing to China.

Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Maju Samuel and Rashmi Aich