Report: Apple poaching engineers in Asia to speed product development and launch more devices

Apple(s aapl) is on a hiring spree, according to the Wall Street Journal. A report on Monday says the company is “hiring hundreds of new engineers and supply chain managers in China and Taiwan” in order to increase the speed of product development and “launch a wider range of devices.”

According to the report, Apple has been hiring engineers from smartphone competitor HTC, as well as other rival companies, to increase its teams in Shanghai and Taipei. The hiring spree is said to have started in mid-2013, bringing Apple’s total number of engineers and operations staff in China to more than 600.

“Apple is building an engineering team in Taipei to drive new iPhone product development,” reads one of Apple’s recruiting emails obtained by the WSJ.

2013 marked the first time that Apple launched two new smartphones – the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c – at once. It has been rumored that Apple is again planning to release multiple iPhones, but this time in different sizes, later this year. This, along with the rumored iWatch and new Apple TV, makes the report seem more likely.

More engineers could help Apple create new products more regularly, similar to its primary rival Samsung, while supply chain managers could help the company adjust component needs when putting more products on the market. It isn’t likely that we’ll see product multiple refreshes of one product line this year, but the company could be moving that way in the future.