Apple Poaches Imagination Technologies COO and Graphics Engineers After Passing On Acquisition

Earlier this year, it was reported Apple was in "advanced talks" to acquire British semiconductor designer Imagination Technologies, just one week after the chip maker announced job cuts. Apple subsequently confirmed the talks, but said it did not plan to make an offer to purchase the company at the time.

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Nevertheless, over the past year, Apple has been recruiting talent away from the company, according to multiple LinkedIn profiles. Imagination Technologies COO John Metcalfe, for example, left the company in June and is now listed as a Senior Director at Apple, where he started in July.

Imagination Technologies engineers Dave Roberts, Jonathan Redshaw, and Benjamin Bowman are also now employed by Apple. Likewise, a fourth engineer Simon Nield joined Apple as a Design Manager just this month. A search of former Imagination Technologies employees now working at Apple yields 25 results.

Apple poaching employees from Imagination Technologies could be part of its efforts to build out an in-house graphics team.

Many of the employees continue to be based in the London, England area, although some have relocated to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. An anonymous tipster informed us that Apple has established a new team in London to work on GPUs in house, but the information remains unconfirmed.

Imagination Technologies traditionally supplies the PowerVR graphics architecture found in Apple's range of iPhones and iPads. Apple has been a licensee and stakeholder in the company since at least 2008, and it became a key investor in mid-2009 when it raised its stake in the firm to 10 percent.

In 2014, Imagination Technologies announced an extended licensing agreement with Apple, providing the iPhone maker with access to current and future PowerVR graphics and video IP cores as part of a multi-year deal. These technologies are incorporated into Apple's own A-series chips like the A10 Fusion in iPhone 7.

Top Rated Comments

Kaibelf Avatar
73 months ago
It's not "poaching" if Imagination was cutting jobs and people chose to leave. If a company I work for seems unstable, I'd look elsewhere too. Being blindsided by a layoff isn't in my game plan.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Duane Martin Avatar
73 months ago
And still no investments into Mac :(
I think what you mean is "and still no new Macs". There is plenty of evidence that Apple is investing in Macs; get out of the MacRumors negative vortex for a reality check.

If Apple were to spin off their Mac division it would be one of (if not THE) most profitable computer companies in the world. It is still big business. My suspicion is Apple has been burned by the hot mess that the Intel chip business has become as they are having a hard time predicting what processor they should be tooling their new Macs for. Waiting for Sky Lake, but Sky Lake turns out to be a mess. Then waiting for Kaby Lake, but Kaby Lake is late and potentially challenged with the same problems that have essentially broken Sky Lake. Sure takes me back to the IBM / Motorola G-series days and the whole reason Apple went Intel. Now Apple is being hosed by chip makers again. It is no wonder they are exploring the idea of making their own chips.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bubba Satori Avatar
73 months ago
And still no investments into Mac :(
What's a Mac?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djcerla Avatar
73 months ago
Boom!

Tooling up for the ARM Mac and Apple's AR.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ActionableMango Avatar
73 months ago
cut throat business practices that hurt working men and women to advance their own wealth and power
Hurt? You have it completely backwards. Unquestionably these employees moved because they got a better offer from Apple.

As an employee myself, nothing was better for my salary, benefits, and career than having companies compete for me.

Being recruited is a good thing. In fact, when Google and Apple secretly agreed not to recruit each other's employees, that was illegal under California law since it suppresses job opportunities and salaries.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacLawyer Avatar
73 months ago
Doesn't seem cricket.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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