It's also worth noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook got his MBA at Duke University.
It's unclear what the new headquarters will be used for-Apple has hinted that it could be mainly for customer-support representatives-but WRAL suggests there would be higher-paying tech jobs at the new site as well. However, that does not necessarily mean that North Carolina is the underdog in the bid to attract Apple.
Tim Cook also announced that it would not be copying Amazon's style of choosing its new office premises.
The location of Apple's proposed new headquarter has been speculated upon, with North Carolina and Northern Virginia emerging as the two most likely candidates. But WRAL is now reporting that Apple is about to announce a new campus in North Carolina.
Apple is keeping the plot of land in Research Triangle Park in mind.
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By contrast, Amazon is said to be exploring the Research Triangle area as a contender for a second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.
"We're not doing a beauty contest kind of thing", Cook said in a recent interview. "We do not share information about economic development projects before they are final, but I will be happy to share more information if or when a decision is made", spokesman Jamal Little said in an email.
As was the case with the prior Triangle Business Journal report, WRAL unsurprisingly was unable to get local officials to comment on the record about Apple's future plans.
In January, Apple pledged a $350 billion investment into the US economy over the next five years, and part of that plan is the opening of a new Apple headquarters. The new campuses will not be anything like the previous ones.
The last Apple campus to break ground was its long-in-developmentApple Park.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is said to be negotiating an incentive package to attract Apple, though it has not yet been presented to the General Assembly of the state.