Apple using Israeli R&D to develop ‘iPhone 8’
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Apple using Israeli R&D to develop ‘iPhone 8’

Herzliya Center working on hardware for phone that will be 'significantly different' from current models, says employee

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli cyber security firm NSO Group, on August 28, 2016 in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli cyber security firm NSO Group, on August 28, 2016 in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

Apple is reportedly using an office in the coastal high-tech hub Herzliya to develop what one anonymous employee referred to as the iPhone 8.

The employee also told Business Insider on Wednesday that Apple employees in Israel work on all the company’s new products.

The Herzliya office has approximately 800 employees, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has said it is the company’s second-largest research and development office in the world. There is another Apple headquarters in Haifa, which has about 200 employees, according to Business Insider.

The anonymous Apple staffer intimated that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 8, skipping the name iPhone 7s. The worker added that it will be significantly different from the last few iPhone models — Business Insider noted they have been criticized for being too similar.

Apple uses the Herzliya research and development center to develop hardware such as chips, storage, cameras, and wireless technologies, sources close to the company said.

While Israelis are helping to develop Apple products, they are also testing its limits.

Last month, it was reported that the NSO Group, founded in Herzliya in 2010 by alumni of the elite Israel Defense Forces intelligence unit 8200, developed a spyware package that could get through previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 9.3.35 to track calls and contacts, collect passwords, read text messages and emails, record calls and trace the whereabouts of the user.

Discovery of the spyware prompted Apple to boost security for its mobile operating system.

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