Mark Gurman: Here’s what Tim Cook said about an Apple hiring freeze

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From Apple Plans to Cut Back on Hiring Due to iPhone Sales Struggles, posted Wednesday on Bloomberg News:

Cook was asked if the company would impose a hiring freeze in response. He said he didn’t believe that was the solution. Instead, Cook said some divisions would reduce hiring, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.

Cook said he is yet to fully determine which divisions would cut back on hiring, but said that key groups such as Apple’s artificial intelligence team would continue to add new employees at a strong pace. He also emphasized that a division’s importance to Apple’s future isn’t measured by hiring rates.

My take: Sounds prudent. I believe that this is only the second leak—after John Gruber’s 11 million batteries—to escape from the all-hands meeting whose existence was first leaked to Gurman.