Apple employees in Israel seemingly confirm 2017 iPhone will be called iPhone 8

Apple is quietly developing the next iPhone hardware in Herzliya, Israel, and a local employee who solders components for Apple has allegedly confirmed to Business Insider that the tenth anniversary Apple handset will be marketed as 'iPhone 8', not 'iPhone 7s'. The source added that the forthcoming phone will be “different” to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, have a better camera and sport a radical redesign.

Apple Music launches in Israel, gains free Bloomberg Radio news channel in 100 countries

The Apple Music service has expanded to Israel this morning, allowing users in the eight million people country to sign up for the music-subscription service in exchange for 19.90 ILS per month (about $5.2) for individual accounts. A family of six can subscribe to Apple Music for 29.90 ILS, or about $7.81.

A free three-month trial is available as well.

The news comes 24 hours after the news gathering organization Bloomberg announced that its radio service is now available on Apple Music in over a hundred countries.

Apple’s presence in Israel growing to expand in-house chip design capabilities

Apple's focus on designing iPhone and iPad processors in-house is reportedly expanding with news that CEO Tim Cook's visit to Israel this week is linked to efforts to increase its own chip design prowess, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Cook earlier in the week met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and is expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres later this week. The newspaper added that Apple' hired most of the Israeli employees of a chip-design division that Texas Instruments shut down in 2013 in Ra’anana, some 10 miles north of Tel-Aviv.

Video of Tim Cook’s meeting with Israeli PM offers brief look inside Apple HQ

Earlier this week we noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be touring the United States for a few days, and that one of his planned stops in the country would be at Apple's Cupertino, CA campus for a luncheon with Tim Cook. 

Well that meeting took place on Wednesday, as evidenced by a newly uploaded video clip. It's not known exactly what the pair discussed, but the video itself is rather interesting as it offers a brief look inside the walls of Apple's usually-secret headquarters...

Israeli Prime Minister meeting Tim Cook today

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently touring the United States this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, is planning a swing through the Silicon Valley, the first California visit from an Israeli prime minister since 2006.

He's scheduled to have lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook later today and will meet with WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant who made a fortune by selling his startup to Facebook for $19 billion last month...

Apple hires 100+ former TI engineers for its third Israeli R&D center

We've known Apple's been bolstering its in-house chip design with a new research and development (R&D) center planned in the Israeli city of Ra’anana. According to a new report, Apple's third Israeli R&D center is scheduled to go online in the second half of 2013 and will be staffed by some 150 former Texas Instruments employees.

It was reported in December that Apple tapped a pool of former Texas Instruments employees in Israel after the chip maker had announced it was laying off a staggering 1,700 employees as a result of moving its focus away from smartphone and tablet processors and toward embedded applications like in-car computer systems...