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