The thought of Apple setting up a new, large shop all the way across the country from its Cupertino headquarters is not so far-fetched an idea. Details are scant on why Apple might be choosing the area encompassing Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and whether it's actually made a decision, but the report, which was earlier discovered by 9to5Mac, comes just weeks after Bloomberg used Moody's data to see where Apple might be headed. And North Carolina might have the inside track to the facility.
Amazon is also eyeing Northern Virginia as a finalist in its HQ2 search, which would require about twice as much space as Apple.
Citing conversations between the company and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the Post reported that state officials had proposed several sites for the Apple campus, which would be two-thirds the size of the Pentagon and half of what Amazon is looking for in its new headquarters. Amazon launched a ballot that allowed municipalities across the US and Canada to be considered for its second campus.
Another area that Apple is looking into is Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. It's in close proximity to three major universities-Duke, N.C. State, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-and has a wealth of talent from people that Apple could attract to its company.