As premeditated, Apple cut this week more than 200 vacancies related to Titan Project, in which technologies are developed for vehicles and autonomous systems (such as the speculated ?Apple Car?). Despite this, everything indicates that these employees were relocated to other areas of the company, as informed by CNBC.
A spokesman for Ma confirmed the redistributions for the CNBC, although I classified them only as a ?Team restructuring?. In addition, the representative pointed out that Apple has "exclusive resources to contribute to the technology of autonomous systems" and that this is the "most ambitious machine learning project of all time".
We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple. As the team focuses on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being transferred to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across Apple.
On the other hand, the statement did not detail the internal changes in the framework of these (hundreds) of vacancies; therefore, it is not clear whether all more than 200 employees of Ma were relocated or whether there were layoffs. In 2016, the Cupertino giant made a similar decision, but in this case it dismissed dozens of employees also linked to the Titan Project after aiming for a "restart" of the project.
Despite the large number of redistributed employees, this number is only a portion of the 5,000 people directly or indirectly involved with the project. Last August, Apple (re) hired its former hardware engineering leader, Doug Field, to lead the ?Titan team? alongside Bob Mansfield, such an internal movement can therefore be seen as the first major change under the leadership relatively new project.