Apple celebrates 40 years in Singapore – 10 things you might not know about Apple Singapore

Apple celebrates 40 years in Singapore – 10 things you might not know about Apple Singapore

Today, Apple celebrates 40 years in Singapore. Throughout that time, Apple has worked to foster job creation, economic growth, educational outreach, and environmental sustainability in this island we call home.

Here are 10 things you might not know about Apple Singapore.

1. Apple set up its first office here with 72 employees in 1981 after only 5 years in existence.

2. By end of 1981, 75 per cent of the logic boards used in the Apple II computer was manufactured in Singapore at Ang Mo Kio industrial estate.

Apple’s Ang Mo Kio facility in 1985. (Photo: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection courtesy of National Archives of Singapore)

3. In Apr 1988, the then Minister for Trade and Industry Lee Hsien Loong officially opened a new Apple factory here that took up an area 245,000 sq feet, or around the size of three football fields.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was Minister for Trade and Industry in 1988, officially opened the state-of-the-art Ang Mo Kio facility. At the time, Apple employed 340 people. Singapore was responsible for the entire output of the Apple II series of personal computers that year. (Photo: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection courtesy of National Archives of Singapore)

4. In 1998 when Apple’s charismatic co-founder Steve Jobs returns to the company and launched the iconic Bondi Blue iMac G3, this machine was assembled in Singapore for the entire Asian market.

Do you know that Apple’s iconic Bondi Blue iMac G3 was assembled here? (Photo: Apple)

5. In 2015, Apple partnered with Singapore government and local energy company Sunseap to build solar energy systems to power Apple’s four sites and three retail stores on 100 per cent renewable energy.

A 2015 partnership with the government of Singapore and local energy company Sunseap helped Apple become the first company in the country to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. (Photo: Apple)

6. Apple opened its first official retail store – Apple Orchard Road – in May 27, 2017, at Knightsbridge. At that time, it was the first such store in South-east Asia.

Apple Orchard Road store was the first such store in South-east Asia when opened in 2017. (Photo: Apple)

7. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Apple opened its third retail Store in Marina Bay Sands in Sep 10, 2020. It is the first Apple Store to sit directly on water.

Appearing as a floating sphere, Apple Marina Bay Sands is the first Apple store to sit directly on the water. (Photo: Apple)

8. Last Oct, Apple partnered with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board to launch LumiHealth, a personalised program to encourage healthy activity and behaviours using Apple Watch and iPhone.

9. Singapore is home to five Apple Distinguished Schools, including Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah, Singapore’s oldest Islamic education institution for girls.

Mdm Shuhannah bte Sajali, a science teacher at Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah, has seen learning transformed in a classroom with one-to-one iPad deployment. (Photo: Apple)

10. Today, Apple hires more than 3,500 people representing over 50 nationalities as well as supporting over 55,000 jobs in Singapore including local game developer Mighty Bear Games.

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Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.