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Apple will open new San Diego site, employing 1,000

Apple Inc. will add a new site in San Diego, the company announced on Dec. 13

The new site is expected to add more than 1,000 employees in the region over the next three years.

“Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States…,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a news release. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”

Apple has not yet announced where the new site will be located, but the company is currently recruiting for 19 open positions in San Diego. Most of the jobs are for engineering roles related to different hardware components for Apple’s smartphones, including cellular modems and radio frequency integrated circuits.

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Last month, Apple began recruiting chip designers in San Diego, in local chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.’s backyard. The two companies have been engaged in a multiyear legal battle over patents and Qualcomm’s licensing fees, and Apple stopped using Qualcomm’s modems in its phones in 2017.

Other tech firms have begun to look to the San Diego metro for expansions. Amazon.com Inc. announced it would add 300 employees to its new offices in University City in September. In 2016, Google opened a satellite office in Sorrento Mesa.

“Joining an influx of other large tech firms like Amazon, Google and Teradata, Apple is setting up a significant operation in San Diego to take advantage of the region’s STEM talent,” San Diego Regional EDC CEO Mark Cafferty said in an emailed statement. “We look forward to building a stronger working relationship with Apple to help them grow and succeed in this already thriving tech hub.”

Apple currently employs 90,000 people across the U.S. The company said it plans to create 20,000 jobs by 2023, with additional planned expansions in Culver City, Seattle and Austin.

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