Apple plans to slow hiring and spending next year in some divisions due to potential economic downturn, according to a new report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. The report claims the decision is not a companywide policy and will not affect all teams within Apple.
The report claims that Apple is giving select teams a “lower-than-expected budget” for spending on research and development, resources, and hiring in 2023, and adds that some teams will not be expanding or maintaining their headcount next year.
Apple is still planning an “aggressive” schedule of product launches in 2023, including a widely rumored AR/VR headset, according to Gurman.
Apple’s alleged plans to slow hiring and spending in 2023 comes amid especially uncertain times, with the COVID-19 pandemic, Russo-Ukrainian War, and high inflation driving concerns about lower consumer spending and a recession.
Apple shares were trading nearly 2% lower following the report.
A few months ago, Apple reported its best March quarter ever, with $97.3 billion in revenue and $25 billion in profit. Apple is set to report its earnings results for the June quarter on July 28 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.