Apple has denied a report that said the company is hiring hearing aid manufacturers in China and elsewhere.
The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday that Apple is planning to hire hearing aid manufacturing workers to help produce Apple’s next-generation hearing aids, according to people familiar with the matter.
The news came as the company was preparing to unveil its next-gen iPhone at a special event this month in Las Vegas, where it has planned to unveil new products in its new home.
The article quoted people familiar as saying Apple is considering hiring a handful of hearing aid makers.
A spokeswoman for the company declined to comment.
Apple has been in the spotlight for months for manufacturing overseas workers for the iPhone.
The company said it would invest $1 billion to hire workers in China in 2017 and 2018, with the goal of hiring more than 1,000 by 2021.
The number could increase to 1,300 or more depending on the level of interest.
The company also plans to hire at least 1,200 additional workers to produce Apple Watch and iPad products this year and beyond, according the article.
The new hires would be in China, and some of them would be permanent workers, the people said.
In a statement to Recode, Apple said it has “no intention of closing any manufacturing facilities” and “will be hiring new workers.”
The company has said it plans to open more than 3,000 factories in the U.S. by 2022, up from more than 800 in 2019.