Apple to Hire Hundreds of New Israeli Employees

The tech giant will add up to 250 employees at its Herzliya R&D center. Israel is its biggest R&D center outside Cupertino, California.

Daniel Tchetchik

Apple is expected to expand its Israeli workforce by up to a third by adding between 150 and 250 employees at its research-and-development center in Herzliya, sources told TheMarker on Wednesday.

Apple, which launched the center earlier this year, currently employs about 700 people in Israel, most of them chip engineers.

Just two years after its arrival in the country, Apple’s Israeli R&D center is its largest outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The company has also opened an R&D center in Haifa’s Matam high-tech park, where it took on 100 employees laid off by Texas Instruments in Ra’anana.

Apple’s initial foray into Israel came with its December 2012 acquisition of Anobit Technologies, a flash-memory firm that has offices in Herzliya and a workforce of 200.

Since that $390 million deal, Apple has expanded through other acquisitions and the hiring of engineers. Its last major Israeli acquisition was its $350 million purchase of 3D-sensing company PrimeSense in 2013.