Apple’s Yokohama, Japan R&D facility won’t open until March 2017

Apple’s upcoming Yokohama, Japan research and development facility was originally due to be completed this year, but won’t be completed until March 2017, according to Japanese blog Macotakara  — as noted by AppleInsider. 

According to the article, the R&D center will consist of a series of buildings, the largest being four stories tall. Not surprisingly, Macotakara says Apple is working to "green" the complex by minimizing energy consumption, making use of recycled water, and planting trees o the roof.

Photo courtesy of 'Macotakara'

Photo courtesy of 'Macotakara'

The land was formerly used by Panasonic's cell phone plant. Through an R&D base in Yokohama, Apple may partner with Japanese automakers and healthcare businesses in the development of core products like the Apple Watch.

What’s more, in December 2014 Apple announced a plan to build a technical development center in the Minatomirai region in Yokohama. The facility, called the technical development center, will be located in the Minato Mirai 21 central business district of the city. The research and development base is expected to develop components used for products such as the iPhone and iPad.