• Apple's R&D Spending for the Third Quarter of 2015 Surpasses the $2 Billion Mark



    During Apple’s third fiscal quarter of 2015, the Cupertino California company’s operational expenditures on research and development activities surpassed $2 billion for the first time ever. Compared to the last quarter, Apple’s R&D outlay for the quarter ended up jumping roughly $116 million to $2.03 billion. During the same time last year, the spending stood at $1.6 billion meaning that the money allotted to work on future products and services grew 21% year-over-year.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple, which is known for a strict R&D operation first cracked the $1 billion spending mark in the last quarter calendar of 2012 and consistently piled on allotments quarter after quarter. The most obvious result from the spending was seen in Apple’s consumer devices, with the Apple Watch being a prime example.

    For the quarter at hand, spending is likely linked to the impending iPhone and iPad product refreshes which are due out in Fall. Apple is rumored to integrate Apple Watch’s pressure sensitive Force Touch screen technology into the next-gen iPhone, though some sources are claiming low yield rates could possibly affect initial launch supply. Additionally, Apple’s bottom line appear to be R&D centers which are strategically located in tech industry hot spots all around the world with the latest one being opened in Yokohama, Japan sometime next year. Recent reports are claiming the Japanese R&D center is looking to recruit vehicle and health technology talent.

    We’ll have to wait and see what the increased R&D expenditure yields. As of right now there are plenty of rumors and speculation pointing towards an Apple television set, an Apple TV streaming service, an Apple Car and more.

    Source: Apple via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's R&D Spending for the Third Quarter of 2015 Surpasses the $2 Billion Mark started by Akshay Masand View original post
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