Apple to invest $10 billion for new data centers

Apple announced on Thursday that it would invest $10 billion for new data centers over the next five years and an additional $1 billion to build a second campus in North Austin, Texas.
Apple iPhone in JapanApple plans to invest $4.5 billion this year and next for its data centers in the US. Apple will be expanding its data centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada. Apple’s new data center will be in Waukee, Iowa.

Apple in January said it will invest $30 billion in the United States. Apple, which has major manufacturing operations outside America, has been facing political pressure to ramp up investments at home.

Apple added 6,000 jobs to its American workforce in 2018 and now employs 90,000 people in all 50 states.

The aim of the third largest smartphone maker, which lost its number two position to Huawei, is to create 20,000 jobs in the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump has also warned of slapping tariffs on iPhones and other Apple products imported from China, a major consumer market for the Cupertino, California-based company.

The new 133-acre campus at Austin, already home to the second largest number of Apple employees outside Cupertino, will be located less than a mile away from Apple’s existing facilities. The campus will first house 5,000 new employees and have the capacity to expand to 15,000, Reuters reported.

Apple will also set up sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California while expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.

Apple said it added 6,000 jobs to its U.S. workforce this year and plans to hire over 1,000 employees each in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City.

The company, which last year moved into its sleek “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, said jobs at the new Austin center would include engineering, research and development, finance and sales functions., Apple’s technology rival, last month ended search for new headquarters, picking America’s financial and political capitals for massive new offices, with plans to create more jobs.