Apple today commemorated its 40-year history in Singapore, where it opened its first offices in 1981.
Singapore serves as Apple’s base for its Asia-Pacific operations. Today, Apple says it employs more than 3,500 people and supports another 55,000 Singaporean jobs with the iOS app economy. Tim Cook celebrated the occasion with a new interview with local radio, in which he talks about his very first Mac experience.
Tim Cook (virtually) caught up with local radio station Mediacorp Class 95. Cook describes how one of his first jobs when he joined Apple in 1998 was to travel to Singapore to validate the production line of the company. Original translucent iMac, made in Singapore.
In the interview, Cook reveals that his first Apple product was the Apple II, which he used as part of his senior project at Auburn University.
In addition to manufacturing, Apple is also investing in the apps industry in Singapore. He started an accelerator program to help students learn Swift as part of the school curriculum. The Singapore government has since required elementary school students to learn coding for at least 10 hours.
Apple pointed out that Butter Royale, one of the most popular Apple Arcade games, is being developed by a Singaporean team.
One of the most breathtaking Apple retail stores can also be found in Singapore. Apple Marina Bay Sands opened last September and literally floats on the water (pictured above).
Apple is also working with the Singapore government on renewable energy projects. Apple has partnered with local energy company Sunseap to install solar panels on more than 800 buildings, generating 32 megawatts of solar power and helping to power local Apple retail stores with 100% renewable energy.
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