A big increase in the number of exciting-sounding job openings for designers and engineers at Apple’s new Apple Park campus suggests that some exciting projects are underway.
According to a new report, based on data from Apple’s HR website, Apple began hiring a whole lot more designers in October, with openings jumping from an average of 40 or less to a peak of 70 new positions. While the company hires new engineers all the time, this uptick in hiring suggests that Apple is bringing in a whole lot more creative folks than they have in a long while.
The numbers have steadily risen in the past few months. Over the last couple days, Apple has also added positions for Product Management, motion scientists, product managers, optical engineers, touch ASIC digital architect, iPhone System Engineer, Siri engineers, iPhone product managers, plastic tooling engineers, and prototype iOS Engineers — all based at the company’s spectacular new HQ.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been given reason to believe that Apple is working on some exciting new projects. Last year, we noted that Apple has recently been ramping up its R&D spend as a percentage of its total revenue to the level it was during the development of the first iPhone.
A bit like guessing Apple’s future plans from the number of patents it hires, looking at hiring to predict when a new breakthrough product will arrive is an inexact science. Still, the fact that Jony Ive recently returned to his role in the Apple design team, having concluded his work on Apple Park, and Apple’s new explosion of jobs for designers and engineers is surely indicative of something good. Right?