Apple is on a hiring spree in China and Taiwan, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.
For those worried that the days of “Designed in California, Assembled in China” are coming to an end, there’s nothing to fret over.
According to The Wall Street Journal’s Eva Dou, the engineers will primarily be working with suppliers on the engineering of components for touch screens and cameras used in its iPhone and iPad lines. Meanwhile, traditional research and development will continue to take place in Apple’s home base in Cupertino, Calif.
While hundreds of engineers sounds like a lot, it’s not actually that big of a chunk of Apple’s global workforce. Back in September, the company announced that it currently has a global workforce of 80,300 — meaning its recent hiring “blitz” (to use Dou’s phrasing) grew total staff by about three-quarters of a per cent.