Will Apple’s Next iPhone Be Developed in Taiwan?

Iphone 5Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rumored to be pulling together an engineering development team that will be based in Taipei, Taiwan, according to a report from VR-Zone’s Sam Reynolds via Apple Insider. VR- Zone claims to have obtained internal Apple communications that describe this new development team.

According to VR-Zone’s alleged Apple documents, the team will be focused on developing new products as well as future generations of iPhones. Although the team will be based overseas, it will report directly to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple will reportedly begin the hiring process in September. However, the company has not formally advertised any job positions and is instead “hunting for candidates by word of mouth.” Presumably, this is being done for secrecy purposes.

It is possible that this team is related to Apple’s recently signed deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM). According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple linked an agreement with TSMC in June for the company to begin making some of its iPhone and iPad chips in 2014. The engineering development team would presumably work in conjunction with TSMC’s chip fab.

According to VR-Zone, Apple is seeking engineers with particular specialties for its Taiwan development team. These engineers include audio, camera, battery, and display panel experts. Apple is also looking for “Materials Technical Program Managers” and “Engineering Program Managers.”

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