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Apple aggressively poaching Samsung experts in image, signal, and battery technology

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Apple aggressively poaching Samsung experts in image, signal, and battery technology

The very competitive salary and benefits package that Apple offers, is luring experts away from Samsung, complained company insiders for the Korean media. Apple has apparently been aggressively poaching Samsung talent in next-gen image and signal processing, and, lately, in battery technology. Being the richest company in the world, it's hard to resist Apple's clout, tipped the insiders, and a lot of Samsung folks have been tempted already, as per these quotes from Samsung officials:

"Some of our personnel have been hired by Apple. They now work at Apple's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.," said one official, adding that Apple offers highly-competitive benefits and large annual paychecks...

"Those Samsung officials are given greater independence to proceed with their tasks. Apple prefers to use Samsung's chip experts because they are very diligent, mission-oriented and are prepared to acquire new knowledge," said another official.

We all know Samsung's significant chip-making expertise and image processing prowess, but batteries? Granted, the company does have many advancements in battery tech for smartphones, such as its rollable and bendable prototypes, as well as the new polymer tech that is likely to debut in the Galaxy S6, but that might not be all there is to it. Remember the rumor that Apple is building an electric car? Well, Samsung SDI is the maker supplying juicers for BMW's electric vehicle efforts, so that might be one reason why Apple is poaching battery engineers from Samsung, according to another official:

As the electric vehicle business is a new one, Apple needs patents and experts in battery technology. Top human resources firms have been approaching Samsung's battery experts, individually, and I think such human exchange moves are a win-win for both,

Samsung is not alone in complaints that Apple has been after its engineering and next-gen technology talent, too. Apple has allegedly been luring Tesla folks as well, and, as recently as last week, it was unearthed that the team from Cupertino has been attracting so many high-level battery experts from A123, that the company had to stop working on some projects because of this, and filed a lawsuit against Apple. Something big seems to be brewing at the fruit company, and with a $180 billion cash pile, we can only imagine where this will all end.

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posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:36 7

1. Zack_2014 (Posts: 515; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

"This is where Money talks"

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:03 7

12. Kumar123 (unregistered)

Plus the prestige that come with when you work for apple is hard to pass by ( I think), Apple is the most valuable brand and richest electrical company out there. So it's no wonder experts will leave samsung for apple.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:17 2

15. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Did you eat the curry already?

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 06:59 3

34. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Apple had to go after the best, being as they were getting out innovated so badly.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:40 7

2. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

How many businesses will Apple raid and destroy before its poaching hunger is satiated?

And to think the Cupertino shylock will even steal talents from its much-derided 'crap' rival?


posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:37 4

17. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

The problem at Apple isn't the lack of talent, it is the bland leadership. Unlike during the Jobs days, the passion for new and exciting things isn't there anymore. Now under Cook it is largely about uniformity and money above all else. They literally just copy everyone else now and primarily focus on milking the 10% market of customers they have had since day 1. It isn't a problem though, seeing has how there are millions of talented people out there. Apple is just stealing the ones that are set in their ways, forcing others to bring in new and probably more innovative talent.

posted on 24 Feb 2015, 14:52

86. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Years ago, Apple and Google had an agreement to not poach each other's staff. The result was that a lawsuit was filed and they are paying a settlement for their actions.

Now Apple is doing the opposite to what got them in trouble in the first place. They are poaching other companies' staff.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:44 12

3. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Apple is snatchin up yo kids, yo wives, yo workers, yo production plants, yo money and yo ideas.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:15 1

14. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Although I dont use any of the Apple products but still I dont think what they are doing is legally wrong. I mean it is not wrong to hire the best talents, also the employees are getting paid heavily. People switch jobs all the time, nothing wrong with that. Also as much as technology has progressed it makes sense for apple to hire people who already knows this stuff a lot, rather than new comers. This news got publicity because apple was involved.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:43 6

19. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I know it's just business and not legally wrong. But by now Apple's actions have been 'underhanded'. Of course, other OEMs probably do the same but it seems Apple's poaching, patent trolling and unreal profit margins have become an art form that no one can match :/

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 08:58 1

39. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Ask the folks who got hired if they believe it to be "underhanded." Companies stopped caring about the long-term welfare of employees decades ago, prioritizing the bottom line for wealthy shareholders. That means it is up to professionals to get the dollars while they can and take care of themselves and their families. The days of people working 40-50 years with the same company are gone.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 16:07

58. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Ask the people who benefitted from any venture, anywhere from morally or ethically questionable to outright illegal, if they believe it to be underhanded. Most just don't care as long as the outcome benefits them or they don't get caught doing it.

The difference here is the professionals aren't going after those higher profits, Apple is coming after them. Any of these companies that do this could care less about giving these professionals a better life, they want to reap the benefits for themselves and their shareholders, aka the bottom line.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 21:10

61. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Its not illegal, just hypocritical from a company that engaged in no poach collusion and threatened other companies that tried to hire away from them.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 06:19

30. joey_sfb (Posts: 6607; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Apple can take my wives.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:44 20

4. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Apple has little to no shame left. First they steal ideas from other companies. Now they plan to steal engineers, damn that's low. And the sad reality is they have enough money to make this happen.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:47 5

6. RoboticEngi (Posts: 1057; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)

Well in the end we are all gonna be force fed with icrap gadgets, coz all else are gone.....

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:49 7

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

and the sad thing is, people love it when apple play dirty

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:11 12

13. tech-lover (Posts: 108; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

And the sad thing is apple die heart fans are thinking it's an innovative company and proud of that..poor ifans and thief company. But be sure every upside has it's own downside it's nature rule.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 05:29 1

27. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

And the sad thing is that Apple fans defend stuff like this when in hindsight, it doesn't benefit them one bit. They are okay with handing in tonnes of cash to their Apple overlords.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:45 2

5. RoboticEngi (Posts: 1057; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)

Sooo samsung actually have more than copycats? Or what apple? Didnt think they would steal persons who only can copy.........

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 12:14

46. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

Samsung's managment ordered those people copy Apple. They can make a much bigger impct at Apple.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 21:11

62. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Nobody ordered anyone to copy, and in fact nobody copied. Stop the BS.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 03:47 2

7. Biernot (unregistered)

i dont care about copycats.. i want to buy a great phone. Thats all.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 05:31 1

28. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

....that costs a fortune and doesn't innovate any longer due to weak competition. Has everyone forgotten the Microsoft monopoly. History is about to repeat itself people.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:00 6

9. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

lol, so Mr "Original" is trying to hire "copycats" to work for them?

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:00 4

10. AlikMalix (unregistered)

Wow, I've been saying this for years - with all the money Apple has - it's about time it pulls together a world team of experts... curious what all this means for next product from Apple...

The future is intriguing...

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:43 3

18. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

No need to be curious, just take a look at other companies' products from 2013-2014.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 04:59 1

21. AlikMalix (unregistered)

Are they finally going to introduce a 64bit architecture or an ecosystem that involves more than just changing fonts or icons on your phone? Dude there are things that a smartphone should do outside itself long ago. But your just happy that android phones finally have enough ram and cores on board so it won't lag?

All I'm saying that if this was done by any other company it would be a desperate move - but in this case it's a POWER move - the ability that a company aquires because it build good products not just bigger versions of such a product.

I would rather see good talents used in collaboration with other good talents instead of waisted on companies who can't even pay them enough to keep them on board.

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 09:41 1

41. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

You don't see anything hypocritical in your second paragraph. If one company does it it's desperate, but if another does it it's a power move. And your reasoning for that is because they don't simply build bigger versions of the same product? What was the iPhone 6 and 6+? Were they not just bigger versions of the 5s?

If they were in such a position of power, they wouldn't need to poach talent from other companies, let alone their biggest competitor. That says more that they like what Samsung has done and want to incorporate it into their own products, otherwise they could get talent from someone who's from the field in general, not their just from their competition.

posted on 24 Feb 2015, 01:16

64. AlikMalix (unregistered)

Apple's revenue and free cash and position as the BIGGEST company in the WORLD in mobile tech vs. others makes this a POWER move. Apple builds products that sells well, and breaks records, without much worry about competition. Samsung's position or any other mobile manufacturer is picking up crumbs - if Samsung or others were looking for talent it would be as an defensive strategy to keep their head above competition. Apple is doing this as an offensive move and they are powerful enough to do it.

I can see why you'd get confused by my post. I do not disagree that this may be crossing ethical lines - but it's a business - you guys are treating it like it's personal... Every company does this and every company tries to be Apple (in a sense of Big, Successful, Profitable).

Where were your ethics when Samsung and others didnt just bashed Apple products in commercials but Apple customers as well? Where were your ethics when Samsung own people could not recognize the difference between a Samsung device and an Apple device? This is called going "Thermonuclear". Samsung, nor any other company in the world are NOT angels - they're just not interesting enough to make the headlines... Apple news regardless of Positive or Negative sells more than just iDevices, it sells newspapers and PA's add spaces.

You guys still dont grasp the extreme enormity of the matter. You're still hoping Android ads an ability to control your app permissions or finally push past the 64bit wall. But hey, you got swappable batteries and um... "choice"...

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