Apple looks set to open a new office in Cambridge in the UK, as the Cupertino giant gears up to be the latest in a long line of major tech companies to build research facilities in the area.
Reports suggest that Apple is due to take over a building on Hills Road. Word is it’ll employ up to 40 staff eventually, with an initial roll call of around 20.
It’s unclear exactly what the staff will be working on, but with the university town's heritage in scientific research and development, they will most likely centre on futuristic technologies that will hopefully one day end up in Apple products.
Qualcomm, the smartphone chip-maker, is already a major player in Cambridge and is looking to make its operation in the locality even bigger.
Microsoft also opened a new Cambridge office recently, suggesting Apple doesn’t want to lose out on the talent emerging from the colleges and moving into industry.
Until now, Apple has resisted the idea of a UK base for its research operations, with work largely centred at its Infinite Loop campus in California.