Apple has been reluctant to cut jobs in the face of economic depression alike Microsoft, Tesla and other big tech companies, but it doesn’t seem immune to pressure. Bloomberg source claims Apple has laid off about 100 contract employers to reflect changes in the company’s “current business needs.” It maintains full-time vacancies and some contractors, but layoffs include locations from Texas to Singapore.
The company declined to comment. In the call for the latest call latest earnings, CEO Tim Cook said Apple will continue to hire people but will “be more considerate” with difficult conditions. It laid off hundreds of Irish contract workers in 2019 in response Siri captures privacy concernsand quit Apple Park developers in 2015.
The move is not surprising given that Apple had a mixed quarter this spring. Although iPhone sales grew, Apple Watch and smart home sales were hit by the tough economy. iPad and Mac sales were also hampered by limited supply. While Apple isn’t completely in financial trouble (still making $19.4 billion in profit), it hasn’t enjoyed the relentless growth of previous years. If the layoff report is accurate, the company is adapting to the reality that growing sales are not guaranteed.
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