Apple buys HP’s 67-acre campus in San Diego as it expands its footprint and runs on a custom modem

It’s been several years since Apple announced plans to go beyond its retail presence in San Diego and build a hardware and software engineering hub. Now, in what looks like the company’s first commercial purchase in the region, Apple has purchased HP’s former 67-acre campus as it ramps up work to build an internal modem and more.

About 20 miles from many of Qualcomm’s offices, Apple has purchased HP’s former Inkjet Research Lab campus in Rancho Bernardo. As the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, Apple paid $445 million for the 67.6-acre campus known as Rancho Vista Corporate Center.

Apple has leased many different properties in San Diego County, but this appears to be the company’s first purchase as it gets more serious about engineering efforts in Southern California.

At first, Apple planned to add 1,200 new jobs in San Diego for hardware and software engineering, but now that expectation is 5,000 by 2026.

“We’ve been a part of the San Diego community for more than two decades, and we’re excited to continue investing here as we expand our world-class teams,” Apple said in a statement. A spokesperson declined to comment further.

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This purchase looks like a strong commitment to Apple’s modem and other wireless engineering work.

Shortly after Apple announced plans to expand its engineering to San Diego, the company announced it had struck a billion-dollar deal with Intel for its smartphone modem business – as it was starting to work on an internal modem.

While earlier reports suggested Apple wanted to use its own modems in products like the iPhone as early as 2023, the decision to settle an intense lawsuit with Qualcomm and sign a six-year deal through 2025 indicates those plans would have could have been delayed or at least changed to some degree. We will have to wait and see.

But of course, Apple’s work to produce its own modems continues, which could be a further extension of Apple Silicon, bringing more hardware components in-house.

If the images that show up for the newly purchased campus on Google Maps are accurate, Apple might have a lot of renovations to do…

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