According to a report by the Korea Times, officials at Samsung are claiming that Apple is in the process of poaching their experts in next-generation technology, by offering them better pay and greater independence. The unnamed official told the publication that Apple is continuing to “headhunt its experienced technicians and engineers” engaged in signal- and visual-processing management.
The official also claimed that some of their personnel have already been hired by Apple. He further said that Apple prefers Samsung’s chip experts because “they are very diligent, mission-oriented and are prepared to acquire new knowledge”. While he didn’t reveal the exact number of employees hired by Apple, he did say that “the former Samsung engineers have no significant language barriers so their adaptation to the new company proves less challenging”.
Apple’s appetite for hiring former Samsung personnel has expanded to the battery arena as the Cupertino-based company is reportedly developing electric vehicles, which means Apple needs battery experts.
“As the electric vehicle business is a new one, Apple needs patents and experts in battery technology. Top human resources firms have been approaching Samsung’s battery experts, individually, and I think such human exchange moves are a win-win for both,” said the official.
Regardless of the alleged poaching, officials revealed that Samsung will continue to strengthen its strategic partnership with Apple in futuristic business projects, as they both need each other.