Apple is hiring a bunch of developers to help it build its iBooks apps
Apple is looking to hire dozens of developers for its iBook apps, according to an Apple insider familiar with the company’s plans.
The move is part of Apple’s broader push to boost developer support for its mobile devices, including in the iBooks category.
Apple is planning to hire tens of thousands of developers over the next year to work on iBooks titles, the source said.
Apple is planning more than 20,000 developer positions in the U.S., according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The company will hire hundreds of people to develop apps for Apple devices in the coming months.
Apple has been working to make its ibooks software more widely available, and the company has been rolling out iBooks to developers through a software update to its iOS and Mac platforms.
The move is a direct response to the massive iPad App Store explosion that has spurred Apple to increase the number of iOS apps it sells.
The app store has grown from less than 100 million apps in January 2011 to more than 5.7 billion apps in July 2016.
The growth has led to the creation of an app marketplace that is the biggest in the world.
The marketplace allows apps to be sold directly to customers and for Apple to monetize their sales.
Apple’s move into the ibooks space comes at a time when the company is struggling to maintain a steady pace of growth for the iPad.
Apple’s earnings fell 23% to $14.76 billion on Tuesday, down from $16.16 billion a year earlier.
Its market share in the smartphone market, which includes the iPad and iPhones, has fallen by nearly half in the past five years, according, to Gartner analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple reported its third-quarter results Wednesday.