Supporting the call in keeping American jobs, Apple has plans to build a 400,000-square-foot running entirely on renewable energy, data centre in Iowa, designed to serve the country’s users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services.
Investment is estimated to be around $1.3 billion for the infrastructure and is expected to add 10,000 jobs in the state. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said “Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to more jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.”
Despite other tech companies like those in Silicon Valley look to outside US to set up high cost data centre in an effort to bring operating and land acquisition cost down, Apple chose Iowa to support local community and could even be to keep the Trump government happy. Asia has been of late target for location in setting up data centre to cater for customers in these part of the region, but with escalating call to keep jobs in the states, many American companies are either investing back in their homeland or holding off until the next election.
Apple is one of the biggest job creators in the United States, responsible for 2 million jobs. Last year, Apple spent over $50 billion with more than 9,000 US suppliers and manufacturers. Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, US developers have earned over $16 billion in App Store sales worldwide.