Apple's reportedly hemorrhaging people across Health, iCloud, and AI teams

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What you need to know

  • Apple is reportedly losing a "notable" number of people from three of its most important teams.
  • Health, iCloud, and AI teams are reportedly losing people, including some big names.

Apple is reportedly seeing people leave from three of its most important teams at a "notable" rate, with Health, iCloud, and AI all losing bodies.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, writing for his weekly Power On newsletter, Apple has also lost a couple of big names to Google and a university.

Apple's iCloud, Health and Artificial Intelligence teams are seeing departures. Some Apple employees tell me that a notable number of engineers are departing Apple's cloud services, health and AI groups. Here are two big names: Emily Fox, in charge of Health AI research, is departing for a university position starting later this year, and Ruslan Meshenberg, who was a leader on Apple's cloud infrastructure team after serving as a Netflix VP, just left for Google.

The reasons for this aren't clear, although it's impossible not to wonder how much of the current churn is related to Apple's stance on allowing people to work from home. The company continues to stand by its hybrid work model, allowing people to work outside of the office two days per week. Employees want more, and it's possible some engineers are keen to take the opportunity of remote work elsewhere.

That's a potential reason that Gurman himself believes could be in play.

Second, those engineers probably wouldn't need to be in the office if it weren't for Apple's requirements. So engineers from those teams could be looking for companies that offer remote opportunities over the longer haul.

While we don't know exactly how many people have moved on and from which specific teams, it's clearly enough people to draw attention from those around them.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.