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Apple currently has more job openings than it’s had in years, according to new data published this week by research firm Thinknum.
The Cupertino tech giant currently has 5,280 open positions listed on its jobs webpage, the data shows. That’s up from a low of 3,900 last April and 530 more openings than this same time last year, showing growth of 11 percent year-over-year.
But the openings don’t just hint that Apple is still growing. The types of open positions available also show off how Apple has diversified over the years.
Apple has long been a hardware-focused company, first producing computers before moving on to smartphones, tablets and wearables. Now, the company is in the midst of a new shift to a services- and software-heavy business.
As Thinknum points out, Apple is now hiring more Services and Software employees than Hardware ones. But while that change makes sense, it’s also fairly recent.
Back in Q2 2018, Hardware hirings were still the most common. Since then, Software and Services openings have been steadily outpacing Hardware. In the past quarter, the two categories trumped Hardware as far as daily listings by about 9,000 openings, Thinknum reported.
That’s largely in-line with market analyst predictions. Morgan Stanley, for example, expects Services to overtake the iPhone as Apple’s primary revenue growth driver within the next few years.
The data also shows off Apple growing physical footprint. While the majority of openings are still Cupertino-based, there’s an increasing number in cities where Apple is building new offices. That includes Austin, Texas and San Diego, California.
Local hires in San Diego are significant because the area is chipmaker Qualcomm’s backyard. Amid rumors of a first-party Apple smartphone modem, a footprint in the engineering hotbed could help boost Apple’s chip development.
Apple previously promised to create more than 1,000 new jobs in the area and open an engineering facility by the end of the year.
Austin, on the other hand, has long been an assembly hub for Apple. The company recently opened a new campus to join the long-standing manufacturing plants in the city, where Apple produces the Mac Pro.