WSJ: Apple poaching HTC engineers to help with new iPhones product development

WSJ: Apple poaching HTC engineers to help with new iPhones product development
Pressed by the 6-month refresh cycle that Android makers recently introduced, Apple is apparently on a hiring spree in Asia, poaching HTC and other engineers there, for help with more frequent product launches. Besides the rumored two new iPhone models with larger displays this year, Apple is expected to unveil an iWatch, plus the iTV is always in the rumor mill.

This will put pressure on Apple's product development and upgrade cycles, plus the Asian engineers are being hired to work closely with Apple's supply chain there, ensuring rapid sourcing, production and assembly of components for the upcoming assorted gadgetry. The hiring spree commenced in the second half of last year, and now Apple has more than 600 engineers and operational personnel working in Asia. It allegedly approached HTC engineers individually, on its way to create "an engineering team in Taipei to drive new iPhone product development," as per a leaked recruiting email.

The blitz is also due to Apple's increasing focus on China, which is the fastest-growing smartphone and tablet market, and the recent China Mobile deal puts additional pressure on delivery. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is hiring not only engineers, who will work with component makers on new touchscreen and camera technologies, but also supply chain managers, as well as software QA specialists. Cupertino logged in quite the increase in the total number of employees last year - 80,300 - up from 72,800 in September 2012. That number seems poised to grow further this year, and it will be interesting to see whether Apple's strategy will indeed shift, in terms of product launch cycles.

source: WSJ (subscription req'd)

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43 Comments

1. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

So where is xyz when you need him ? :p or xys or what the hell the fanboy is called :p

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Mxy may be on a compulsory holiday. Commenting on the article, I suspect the new hires are related to Apple's push into China. China is more than just China Mobile, and if Apple wants to be credible, they are going to have to have engineering talent dedicated to the China market. HTC has attractive engineering talent, so a poaching effort is to be expected.

35. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol Yea, the vulture swooping in for the feast. They sued and litigated HTC into the ground and are now picking through the scraps.

11. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Maybe someone tricked him to write his name backwards Klptzyxm and that imp went back to his 5S dimension.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Call the waambulance

33. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

So now you're here, I'd like to know your opinion on the article :)

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It would seem that spelling his name backwards was what was necessary to rouse ole Mxy.... ;-)

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Apple sure chose the right people.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think they're thinking to change the design and making it much better. :P And surely HTC is better in this design thing.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

HTC Here's To Change.

20. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

i think you mean hot turds and crap lol jp!

5. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Apple knows that no one does design better than HTC. they want HTC help now after they sued them

22. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

nokia and sony are superior imo

6. AnukulVcool unregistered

People have no idea, they make stupid jokes. Apple takes engineering help from HTC LMAO!! Apple probably have the best engineers in world along with google and microsoft. I don't buy this BS

8. sbfalex

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

yea, if your definition of "best engineer" means blatantly repeat the same old design year after year then you have a point (don't forget samsung as well)... but if best engineer means originality & creativity then only htc & nokia have been innovative and creative year in and year out... what has apple done since iphone 4s (last iphone steve jobs touched)? 5th row of icons and a gimmick finger print scanner! Same with samsung...

12. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Ummmm Nokia has year over year same design, just some models have different build qualities (glossy or matte plastic) and small - huge ass camera lenses.

26. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

There's only one iPhone. Nothing else has the attention to detail and craftsmanship in the build of the device. As for Nokia, if you call rehashing the iPod Nano over and over (Starting with the second, oversized iPod Nano, the N9) "design," then we are in agreement.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah best engineers with amazing problems like death grip issues of iphone 4. A taller iphone so your finger can reach from here to here and the premium aluminium back easily getting scratched. Heating issues of ipad 3 and many more.

23. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

You forgot to mention how the iphone 5S is bending in peoples pockets... So they do have the first curved displays.http://www.cultofmac.com/248603/iphone-5ses-are-bending-in-peoples-pockets/

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ohh wait apple doesnt manufacture anything its foxconn who manufacturers.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Look this fall, apples coming hard. Samsung is gunning too though.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah only that Samsung just released their worst flagship ever.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude lol, go away man. Please and thank u. SMDH.

34. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

well its stll better than the s4. they wont get my money, but the new processor should fix the performance issues

9. GrndsKeeprWillie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Poaching? Their engineers are probably standing in the streets with signs after that bunch of execs have jumped ship

13. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Well, they can employ me anytime :P :D

14. NightFelix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

I think Apple should give an prototype of HTC M8 which running iOS 7 to the kids who just leaked to the youtube recently.

17. willard12 unregistered

It makes so sense to hire people you claimed were copying you.

21. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Wow for an American Company, Apple hasn't done nothing to help out the American workers. Samsung on the other hand has hired and built in America for Americans, in this sense Apple sucks. Apple is an Asian Company, with headquarters in the USA.

24. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Hmm, funny since they are assembling iMacs and Mac Pros in the US now at new facilities. They are also about to give construction workers a huge project with their new Head Quarters. Apple has been expanding more in the US as well than in the past.

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