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What's the best way to speed up Asian production of its iOS products? Judging from a new report, it may be to poach hundreds of engineers from beleaguered rivals such as HTC.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday (via MacRumors) that Apple has apparently ramped up the hiring of both engineers and supply chain managers for its Asian manufacturing operations.
Based in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan, the new hires are said to be "working closely" with Asian suppliers to speed up the production of iPhone and iPad hardware components -- at the expense of handset maker HTC and other tech firms in Taiwan.
"Apple has added several hundred new engineers and operations staff in China over the past two years, with a blitz of hiring that began in mid-2013," the report notes, citing the usual "people familiar with the matter."
Sources claim the Chinese operation alone now includes more than 600 such "engineers and operations staff," who are also said to be overseeing "software quality assurance" on Apple's products.
MacRumors notes that the new initiative may be in response to supply constraints Apple faced over the last year with the iMac and iPad mini with Retina Display.
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