Apple adding hundreds of new engineers and operations staff in China to speed development of larger iPhones
Apple adding hundreds of new engineers and
operations staff in China to speed
development of larger iPhones
Apple is on a mass hiring spree for Asian staff, beginning in the middle of last year, as
noted by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal says that Apple is trying to speed up
product development in China and Taiwan to help launch a larger lineup of devices.
Apparently, the company is aggressively hiring away from HTC and other firms to form
strong product teams in Asia.
The hires indicate Apple is preparing for ‘faster and more frequent product launches’
according to the Journal. The paper reiterates that Apple is working on bringing two
larger-screen iPhones to market this year. It is also increasing the number of supply
chain managers to help combat criticism about working conditions. The report says
that Apple’s operations staff in China now tops 600 people.
Last August, Apple used the professional networking website LinkedIn to reach out
individually to engineers at HTC and its Taiwanese
suppliers Inventec Corp. and Quanta Computer Inc., among others.
“Apple is building an engineering team in Taipei to drive new iPhone product
development,” Apple said in one recruiting email obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
Apple also has been hiring for its main Asian base in Shanghai, where it moved into
a new three-building complex last year, people familiar with the matter said.
The Journal makes clear that “core research and development” remains firmly in
Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. The Far Eastern positions revolve around the
development of current components, like cameras and screens.
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2 Responses to “Apple adding hundreds of new engineers and
operations staff in China to speed development of larger iPhones”
Jeffrey Stanley (@spiralcoding) says:
March 3, 2014 at 4:43 am
Cool. The news of new, larger iPhones is great. Can’t wait until the fall to get new