Rumors of layoffs of new staff at Apple stores reported

Is Apple's massive retail store success hitting a bump in the road? Maybe. A new report claims, via unnamed sources, that Apple has laid off some employees at some of its retail locations.

MacRumors.com claims that most of the layoffs have come from the UK and involve recently hired employees, including one that was hired just a month ago. The story adds that other Apple Stores around the world may have experienced the same kinds of job cuts.

In addition, the story claims that other part time employees in the US and Canada have had their hours cut back, including some that have been cut down to zero.

These new reports come just a couple of months after it was reported that Apple had given full time employees of their Apple Stores significant pay increases, along with bigger price discounts. These moves came on the heels of Apple taking some heat about how its retail store employees were treated (unlike other electronic store outlets like AT&T and Verizon, Apple does not give commissions for sales of products).

Of course, the lazy days of summer are about to end, as the fall and holiday shopping seasons are about to begin, along with the rumored launch of the next iPhone and a possible smaller version of the iPad. It's more that possible that Apple Store locations will see things pick up again very soon.

Source: MacRumors.com

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If I see someone mention again that apple have less of the mobile device market share, compared to android, I'll pop a vein. How many different manufacturers have various handsets running android compared to apples iOS? You simply can't use this argument to make a point.

HemaOne said,
If I see someone mention again that apple have less of the mobile device market share, compared to android, I'll pop a vein. How many different manufacturers have various handsets running android compared to apples iOS? You simply can't use this argument to make a point.
More devices are running Android than there are Apple products sold. how's that vein doing?

By the way, which market are you basing your little rant off of? Surely not South Korea where most people own a Galaxy SII/Galaxy S III. Of course there are plenty of other countries like that. So again, America isn't the center of the world though it seems some of us would like to think that.

Authentic journalists make living by reporting the real stories while bloggers like this one make living by typing rumors...

Tysons Mall has a microsoft and apple stores in it. I would love to work at an apple store with 0 hours. Just to get the small 20-25% discount.

With Microsoft opening more stores and new software as well as their own tablets around the corner, some of those geniuses that were let go from Apple should have no problem getting a new job.

OK. So after criticism, Apple raises store worker's wages. After a couple of months, they start sacking staff. The result? They end up paying no extra, and working conditions have actually worsened because now the remaining staff have to work harder to pick up the slack. Stay classy Apple.

You guys have heard about that little known event called "London Olympics," that ended a few days ago?

- Apple ramps up staff for London Olympics (see articles earlier this year)
- Olympics end
- Apple lays off significant staff at "Certain UK Stores"

"In addition, the story claims that other part time employees in the US and Canada have had their hours cut back, including some that have been cut down to zero."

Sucks for those people. If there is any company that should be in a position to keep people employed it should be Apple.

I wonder if these people have John Browett to "thank" for that.

Chugworth said,
I guess times are tough at Apple with Android whipping them.

Wish apple would just die already. Not one of their products is bang for the buck. Its all last years hardware next years prices.

Beyond Godlike said,

Wish apple would just die already. Not one of their products is bang for the buck. Its all last years hardware next years prices.

There are countless exampels of Apple bringing certain hardware to market first before anyone else. The ones that immediately jump to mind (there are plenty more):

When Apple released their first Mac with Thunderbolt, all the other PC OEM's were already using thunderbolt, right?

And when Aplpe released the iPhone 4 with a display with that kind of PPI, all the other android phones already had displays with such a high PPI right? The same with the iPad 3, and new Macbook Pro - all the products already on the market had displays that matched it for PPI right, seeing as it was last years hardware? Android tablets are ony now catching up with the iPad 2 let along the 3 - we still don't have a Windows 8 tablet on the market. How is this last years hardware?

DomZ said,

There are countless exampels of Apple bringing certain hardware to market first before anyone else. The ones that immediately jump to mind (there are plenty more):

When Apple released their first Mac with Thunderbolt, all the other PC OEM's were already using thunderbolt, right?

And when Aplpe released the iPhone 4 with a display with that kind of PPI, all the other android phones already had displays with such a high PPI right? The same with the iPad 3, and new Macbook Pro - all the products already on the market had displays that matched it for PPI right, seeing as it was last years hardware? Android tablets are ony now catching up with the iPad 2 let along the 3 - we still don't have a Windows 8 tablet on the market. How is this last years hardware?

Being first doesn't mean anything. Never has never will. What's your point. Thunderbolt is a all but near useless high bandwidth bus that will only be used by peopel who need to move mass amounts of data. Which means most consumers wont be using it. It will only appear on very highend costly computers that are rearely sold.

Apple had USB, Firewire and SCSI first too. What happened to all hat? Firewire was killed by USB, but not because Apple used it, its because Windows made betetr usage of it and cause the cost to drop so fast that it all but killed Firewire. IDE and EIDE killed SCSI because it was equally as fast without costly controller cards which allowed for mass adoption.

Being first doesn't mean what you offer is the best. Apple didn't make the first smartphone, they simply weer the first to popularize the type we use now. But are they leading the industry with it? No. Sure its the most popular single model sold, but it isn't the market leader as a whole. In 5 years Apple manage to get 25% average of the mobile market. That's not leading when Adroid has 60%.

Beyond Godlike said,

Wish apple would just die already. Not one of their products is bang for the buck. Its all last years hardware next years prices.

die troll, die!!