Apple expands Mac processor development in Israel


Apple M1 Max and M1 Pro chips
The Apple M1 Max and M1 Pro chips were designed in Israel.
Photo: Apple/Cult of Mac

Apple will reportedly design future Mac processors at a new R&D center in Jerusalem.

The company already does chip development in Israel. Some of the more powerful M1 variants were designed in the country.

Some Apple M-series chip design happens in Israel

Apple already has chip design centers in Herzliya and Haifa. These opened after the company acquired the Israeli company Anobit in 2012.

And now a third processor R&D center is headed for the country. An Apple recruiter posted on LinkedIn, “I am happy to share that we, Apple, are opening a new development site – in Jerusalem,” wrote Elad Werheimer. “The site will take part in the flagship projects we are leading from Israel, chief among them the development of the future Mac processors.”

Birthplace of Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max

Johny Srouji, Apple’s SVP of HardWare Technologies is Israeli, and he is responsible for setting up some of the chip development centers in that country. And critical work goes on there.

“The Israeli team played a central role in developing the premium version of the company’s flagship M1 processor, including the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips designed to support premium Mac computers such as MacBook Pro and Mac Studio,” Srouji said, according to Globes. “These chips were built here in Israel while working with other teams worldwide, including at the headquarters in Cupertino.”


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.