|New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hinted that Apple may be connected to a plan for a chip factory in the state measuring some 3.2 million square feet, the Times Union reports. The factory was recently proposed to economic development officials in the state, but the company or companies behind the deal have been kept quiet. Apple's name has been speculated, but when approached, the Empire State Development Corporation refused to comment to the Union.
On Monday morning, however, Cuomo appeared on AM 1300 radio, and was asked if Apple was behind the factory. "Well, we're shopping a lot of different companies at any given time," he answered. "Apple has a lot of competition, obviously, for their location. I don't think that they're anywhere yet in the decision-making."
The facility wouldn't belong to Apple directly, but rather one of its suppliers. The unknown firm has so far scouted the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, and the Marcy NanoCenter in Oneida County. It's speculated that the supplier could be TSMC, which Apple is widely believed to be taking on as a chip maker as it tries to sever itself from Samsung. Current the A-series processors used in iPhones, iPods, and iPads are made at a Samsung plant in Austin, Texas.