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Apple Expands R&D Activities in Israel and Palestine, Initially Focusing on Mac Chips

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Apple to open two and a third development center in Israel, which will focus on making M-series chips for Mac computers and iPads, according to the Times of Israel.
The Cupertino giant’s intentions were revealed after recruiter Elad Wertheimer posted on LinkedIn that Apple plans to open a new development site in Jerusalem and is looking for chip engineers. They will participate in Israel-based flagship projects, most notably the development of Mac processors.

Apple opened its first branch in Israel in Herzliya in 2015, a few years after its acquisition of the Israeli company boot flash memory Anobit. The company also acquired 3D-sensing Israeli company PrimeSense in 2013. There is also an R&D center in the Matam high-tech park in Haifa, which welcomed 100 employees who had been laid off by Texas Instruments.
Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, from Haifa, has been instrumental in setting up R&D centers in Israel, which employ about 2,000 people. Srouji previously worked at Intel and IBM. He joined Apple in 2008 and was initially tasked with developing iPhone chips. He took a leadership role in 2015 and now leads the team that makes chips for Apple products. Some of those team members live in Israel.
The Israeli teams have been instrumental in developing Apple’s first M-series processor, the M1. The company is currently looking for more than 100 job openings in Israel.
Apple announced last month that it was expanding its tech R&D hub in Rawabi, Palestine, where it currently employs more than 60 engineers. The Palestinian team works with Israeli centers in Herzliya and Haifa.
Apple started moving away from Intel chips with the introduction of the M1, and the latest M2-powered Macs are completely devoid of Intel-made components. M-Series chips power not only Apple’s computers, but also the slates, which are one of the best tablets out there.

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