Apple has leased space at a Kanata office complex in preparation for setting up a facility in the National Capital Region, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. Kanata is a suburb of Ottawa, Canada.
Although the Cupertino, California-based company hasn’t yet made a public announcement, OBJ sources say they believe the 22,100-square-foot suite at 411 Legget Dr. in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to research and development. The facility offers a "full-floor office suite" with an executive boardroom, meeting rooms, offices, a server room, lunchroom, lab space and even showers, according to the report.
Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago figure. The $1.9 billion outlay is $215 million more than Apple spent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and $565 million more than the spend in the first quarter of that year. Clearly, Apple is investing heavily in its future.