Apple Developing ‘iPhone 8’ At Israeli R&D Centre: Report

The next-generation iPhone’s hardware is under development in Apple’s Israeli offices, according to an employee cited by Business Insider.

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The iPhone 7 has just hit the stores, but well before that the rumour mill had been spilling various pieces of information about the 2017 iPhone, dubbed as the iPhone 8. The handset is rumoured to feature a “radical” redesign according to the employee speaking with BI.

Some of the hardware for the next-generation iPhone is being created in Herzliya, Israel, according to the source. Another Apple employee, however, refrained from sharing details of what Apple is doing at the research and development centre located there, but a third source, a Cisco employee, confirmed that the Apple employees “work on the hardware side. Verifications. Something like that.”

Apple employs roughly 800 people at its Herzliya office, which was set up after the company acquired Anobit (flash memory designer) four years ago. The acquisition was followed by another deal, this time with PrimeSense and, most recently, the Israeli camera firm LinX.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple’s second-biggest R&D office (according to Tim Cook, as cited by The Times of Israel) is the one in Herzliya, and it is used to develop hardware such as chips, storage, cameras and wireless technologies.

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  • Shameer Mulji

    Apple seems to be building major R&D offices worldwide except here in Canada.

  • Riddlemethis

    I can’t blame them.

  • Riddlemethis

    Did anyone see Cook on 60 minutes? Cook confirmed they are working on many generations of iPhones, not just the next one. The 8 was already designed many years ago.

  • Cliff


  • Cornfed710

    Like where else?

  • Shameer Mulji

    Japan, China, India, Israel, UK, Ireland

  • Cornfed710

    Ireland is for tax purposes, Israel for security reasons. Canada can’t really compete with the others on your list, unfortunately. Plus they’re headquartered right next door to us 🙂

    India is kinda pay to play ????

  • Shameer Mulji

    Ireland is not only for tax purposes. Apple has almost 6,000 employees in Ireland manufacturing Mac products. Israel is where the bulk of Apple’s chip design happens.

    As far as being next door to the USA, it hasn’t stopped major players like MS, Amazon, Disney from setting up shop here. Canada has a highly educated population, world class universities, excellent quality of life, and with our unfortunately low-valued currency, labour is about 35 percent cheaper here.

  • Cornfed710

    I love Canada as much as you, but if you don’t believe Ireland is for tax purposes, it doesn’t say much for anything else you have to say.

    If it wasn’t for taxes, they’d do all of that in the U.K., since they’re already there according to you.

  • Janker

    Didn’t they just procure a large office space in Kanata, Ottawa? Not sure what they’re doing there but I don’t think it’s a sales office. Rumour was related to their car project (which is up in the air according to the rumour mill).

  • Shameer Mulji

    From what I understand, they were looking at it. Not sure if they’ve officially gone ahead with it.

  • Apple is really expanding locations. Doing very fine.

  • jay

    when i see those story i know the iphone 8 is already around for testing. what apple did with the iphone 7 was just a SE upgrade.

  • jay

    no car from apple.