Apple to Open 22,000-Square-Foot Office in Ottawa Suburb

This week Apple announced they will be opening a 22,000-square-foot office in Ottawa suburb, Kanata, reports the Ottawa Citizen.

Apple is refusing to comment on its large expansion in the area, which is about 2.5 times the size of a regular Apple retail outlet, but a report in the National Post states that this is part of a larger plan to have a more substantial presence in Canada’s capital.

The new office is located across the street from QNX Software Systems, which is owned by BlackBerry Ltd. Employees working at both locations are reported to have worked for the competition across the way, at some point, proving the tech community to be a small one, at times.

kanataBoth Apple and BlackBerry are currently working on building technology for self-driving cars.

Apple has Project Titan under way and  has reportedly hired staff from Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler.

For its part, over the past 33 years BlackBerry’s QNX has pioneered software for many car applications, including software to connect cellphones to cars, and play music in automobiles. QNX software is installed in more than 50 per cent of all cars sold around the world.

Apple’s research and development budget jumped to US$8.07 billion U.S. in 2015, which is a 34-per-cent increase over its budget in 2014.

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