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Apple’s first R&D center to operate in second quarter

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 30, 2017   /   07:59 pm
Apple’s first R&D center to operate in second quarter A man holds an iPhone 7 Plus. (Bloomberg/Chris Ratcliffe)

Technology giant Apple Inc.’s first Indonesian research and development (R&D) center is expected to begin operating in the second quarter in Tangerang, Banten.

Industry Ministry expert staff member Sanny Iskandar said the United States firm was looking to rent an office as its first R&D center at Green Office Park in BSD City, Tangerang.

“The center will develop educational programs for 300 to 400 local students,” Sanny said after meeting with Apple’s representatives in Jakarta on Thursday.

(Read also: Latest iPhone series to enter Indonesian market)

The decision to set up the center in BSD City was Apple’s own initiative and it would bring mentors to teach students how to create applications, he added.

The center is scheduled to commence operations in the second quarter and Apple will carry on with the second center in Java and the third center outside Java.

For the location outside Java, the Information and Communication Ministry has suggested Apple set up the center in the Toba area in North Sumatra.         

On Friday, the tech powerhouse will officially launch its latest series of smartphones, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in Indonesia.

The company was not able to sell several models of its iPhone 6 series after the government issued a regulation, which required phone makers to meet a certain amount of local content, including through the establishment of R&D centers.

Apple finally agreed to comply with the regulation early this year by committing to building the centers and pledging to pour US$44 million into the R&D in Indonesia until 2018. (yon) (tas)