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Apple Announces Billion Euro Commitment To Munich

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Engineers in Germany are responsible for increasing the performance of some of Apple's most popular products such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Apple opened the Bavarian Design Center in 2015 to focus on power management design and now has about half of its global power management design team based in Germany. The company now has more than 4,000 employees working in Germany in roles across retail, engineering and operations.

With nearly 1,500 Apple engineers from 40 countries working in Munich, the company announced yesterday it will make the city home to its new European Silicon Design Center. The 30,000-square-meter facility facility will add hundreds of new jobs to focus on connectivity and wireless technologies as Apple's expansion in Munich and additional investment in R&D will total more than 1 billion euros over the next three years.

The facility will be home to Apple's cellular unit and will be the largest R&D site for mobile wireless semiconductors and software in Europe. Engineers will work on 5G and future technologies, as well as optimizing wireless modems for Apple products. The site will run entirely on 100% renewable energy as Apple plans to move into the new building in late 2022.

"I couldn't be more excited for everything our Munich engineering teams will discover — from exploring the new frontiers of 5G technology, to a new generation of technologies that bring power, speed, and connectivity to the world," Apple CEO Tim Cook said. "Munich has been a home to Apple for four decades, and we're grateful to this community and to Germany for being a part of our journey."

Apple's presence in Germany has been widely felt. Apple says it has spent more than 15 billion euros with over 700 companies across Germany over the last five years. Apple employees have also raised more than $600 million for Munich-based organizations and charities since Apple Giving's inception in 2011.

40 years after starting operations in Munich with ten employees, Apple is committed to the city and Germany as a whole as it looks to continue building cutting-edge products.

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