Apple today celebrated four decades of the company’s presence in Singapore, which was only 16 years old as a state when the first Apple branch opened there in 1981.
Apple Marina Bay Sands retail store
In a press release, Apple hailed its Asia-Pacific operations base as a globally recognized center of innovation and expertise, committed to embracing a “high-tech vision for the future.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone with our teams in Singapore and the customers and communities we serve with creativity and passion,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People. “Together, we have created a lasting partnership rooted in our shared values that will empower us to build brighter tomorrow.”
According to Apple, more than 3,500 members of Apple’s team representing over 50 nationalities live in Singapore, and the company supports over 55,000 jobs in the country when the economy of iOS applications is taken into account.
Singapore also boasts five reputable Apple schools, where educators are certified Apple teachers, trained in basic skills for iPad and Mac, while students learn basic Swift coding as part of their core curriculum.
Apple teamed up with Singapore’s healthcare system in 2020 to launch LumiHealth, a personalized program to encourage healthy activities and behaviors using Apple Watch and the iPhone. It was also the first company in the country to work on 100% renewable energy.
Last year, Apple stirred in Singapore when it opened its retail store Marina Bay Sands, which has a unique dome-like design unlike any other Apple store and sits on a water surface.
We are celebrating 40 years in Singapore – what started with the Apple II facility in Ang Mo Kyo has now grown to 3,500 team members and beyond. We are proud to be part of the community there and look forward to many more years to come! https: //t.co/z5ji08KJk1 – Tim Cook (@ tim_cook) July 22, 2021
Also today, CEO Tim Cook was interviewed on local radio to celebrate the company’s 40-year history, and explained that his first job at Apple was to visit Singapore’s production line for the original transparent iMac. Cook also revealed that the first Apple product he used was the Apple II when he was studying at Auburn University.