“New details on Apple’s plans to establish a new development center in Israel revealed: Calcalist has learned that the technology giant named Aharon Aharon, former head of Zoran Corporation’s R&D center, as head of its new center in Israel,” Assaf Gilad reports for Calcalist via Ynetnews.

“Calcalist has also learned that a delegation headed by Apple VP Ed Frank is currently visiting Israel to meet with several high-tech companies. Frank took a tour of Haifa and visited Intel’s headquarters in the city’s Scientific Industries Center (MATAM),” Gilad reports. “He is examining the north park of the center as a possible location for Apple’s center, Calcalist learned.”

Gilad reports, “Although the search for a location is still preliminary, Apple is showing interest in that specific location due to its proximity to the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology, thereby joining a slew of global technology leviathans which opened centers in the area such as Intel, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Qualcomm.”

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Michal Margalit and Shmulik Shelach report for Globes, “Haifa is eager to host Apple. Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav said, ‘The future arrival of Apple in Haifa would be a very great celebration and we would embrace them in the city. We would go a long way to help them and do everything to make their landing in Haifa as soft, as inviting and as sympathetic as possible. Apple has not contacted the municipality but the municipality is making every effort to make contact with Apple. From Haifa’s point of view it would be a very important strategic contribution.'”

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