Apple will invest £1.25 billion (€1.7b) in two data centres in Europe, both powered by renewable energy. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date”, said CEO Tim Cook. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet”. The centres will be located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s Central Jutland. They will drive the iTunes and App Stores. iMessage, Maps and Siri in Europe. Apple claims it now employs 18,300 people across 19 European countries and its extended economy supports over 500,000 European jobs. The two data centres will open in 2017. pre-release betas of iOS 9 to the public before it ships that iteration of the software.