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Apple to hire more software engineers this year

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

In a possible change in strategy, tech giant Apple now has higher number of job vacancies for software professionals than for hardware jobs. Today, Apple has nearly 1,400 open job positions in software and services which is in contrast to how Apple has traditionally hired where hardware engineers were most in demand. 

Thinknum, a company that monitors changes to websites has studied the data of job listings on Apple's website. The company suggests that, Apple is not hiring hardware engineers like it used to ever since some of its top Apple products like iPhones are witnessing sluggish sales

The poor performance of iPhone in India and other major markets is one of the important reasons why Apple is going slow on hiring hardware engineers. The company is quietly shifting its focus from hardware business to services business, which generated $10.9 billion in revenues in the first quarter. 

Apple's iPhone business raked in $51.98 billion of revenue in Apple’s Q1 2019. The company is now focused on hiring new talent and introduce a few new categories. For instance, the new streaming TV service will be introduced in an Apple Special Event on March 25. The company is planning to launch the service in April and is expecting good revenues from its streaming service arm. 

Apple already has an ecosystem that can accommodate the entertainment service. In April, Apple will start with free original shows for iPhone and iPad users. The company has 900 million iOS users that can help in generating recurring revenues. Apple expects to generate revenue from Apple Music, iCloud, and the planned news subscription service. 

The ambitious plan to expand its services business will create new job opportunities for software engineers. As Apple tried to become a leader in each of these new services, it will need a number of software engineers to build, maintain and expand these services.


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