According to the local reports, Apple was in March rumoured to be weighing the benefits of building a $1 billion Asia-focused database centre in Vietnam. The facility might also double as a research and development center, though it is unclear what technologies Apple plans to investigate at the location.
At Apple’s Israel R&D centre, for example, employees focus on memory and computer chip technology, while an upcoming office in Yokohama, Japan, is said to specialise in the automotive and health industries.
As for Vietnam, Apple last October established a subsidiary, Apple Vietnam LLC, in Ho Chi Minh City under Gene Daniel Levoff, VP of corporate law and director of Apple Operations International. Levoff has been attached to previous international purchases, including last year’s assignment of UK music tracking startup Semetric.