Apple is eager to hire the hundreds of employees that Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry is laying off this year.
The world's most valuable technology company hosted a recruitment drive barely 20 kilometres from BlackBerry's headquarters in Waterloo.
It's good news for those being laid off, but bad news for Canada: most positions will be based in Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters.
Intel has also shown interest in BlackBerry's workforce. And those with Waterloo offices—Google, Motorola, and Square, to name but a few—will certainly be keeping their eyes on things as well.
"We know that our employees in the Halifax area have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions," the company said in a statement. "This is difficult news for them and for the Halifax community. However, these changes are necessary in order to refocus our business to drive the company towards profitability and success in a maturing and more competitive mobile industry."
The company plans to eliminate a total of 4,500 jobs, or 40% of its workforce, over the next three quarters.
Fairfax Financial Holdings is leading a consortium of investors that has offered $4.7 billion to acquire all of BlackBerry, a deal which the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer eagerly accepted. Rumours have swirled about other potential suitors. According to unidentified sources recently cited by Reuters, tech giants Cisco, Google, and SAP are all in talks with BlackBerry about buying parts or all of BlackBerry. Other potential acquirers that have been mentioned include LG, Intel, and Samsung—even though the latter has explicitly stated it's not interested in the Canadian firm.