Apple announced in November 2020 that future Mac product processors will be equipped with its own Apple Silicon, which will gradually get rid of its dependence on Intel chips. However, not all Mac products have been transferred to Apple Silicon now. In order to further transition the remaining models of processors to Apple Silicon, Apple is now expanding its business in Israel, except for Herzliya and Haiti. In addition to the existing R&D center in France, a new R&D center has been established in Jerusalem.
According to “The Times of Israel”, Apple’s personnel in charge of talent recruitment announced the news of the new Israeli engineer on LinkedIn in Hebrew; according to this post on LinkedIn, the new Jerusalem center will focus on for the development of Mac computer processors.
At the end of 2020, The Times of Israel reported that Apple Silicon’s first chip product, the M1, was built with the support of the Apple Israel team.
Apple’s business in Israel began in 2012, when Apple acquired Israeli startup Anobit for about $390 million, and then opened the company’s first Israeli base in Herzliya in 2015 . In addition to Anobit, Apple also acquired PrimeSense, another local 3D sensor technology developer, in 2013.
The origin of Apple and Israel is not only that, Johny Srouji, Apple’s vice president of hardware technology, was born in Haifa, and one of his tasks is to establish a research and development center for Apple in Israel. Apple’s research and development centers in Herzliya and Haifa The R&D center currently has about 2,000 employees.
Johny Srouji mentioned in an interview with another foreign media last month that the Israeli team played a central role in developing the high-end version of the M1 chip. The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips built by the Israeli team can support MacBook Pro and High-end computer products such as MacBook Studio. The chips are made in Israel, and the team is also collaborating with other teams around the world, including its headquarters in Cupertino.