Apple makes plans to diversify its workforce, plus rumours suggest launch of end-of-life iPad

Apple has revealed that it is making more progress to help diversify its workforce, with its next diversity report coming sometime this summer.

Denise Young Smith, Apple’s global human resources chief, said that the firm will reveal more progress, pointing out that 35 per cent of Apple’s most recent employees are female.

She said: “We did have some movement in our hiring of women and hiring of minorities.”

Tim Cook CEO of Apple, also previously called for more diversity within the workforce at the firm during a speech at WWDC 2015.

Apple also joined the group of Silicon Valley companies, which publicly report the gender, race and ethnicity of its workforce.

Plus, the firm has also partnered with the National Center for Women and Information Technology, to help widen its access to women in the tech industry.

In addition, Apple is allegedly focusing on production for its next-generation iPad Mini and is planning an end-of-life iPad after its revamp.

According to Economic Daily via Apple Insider, the firm is also allegedly producing a larger 12.9-inch model that has been dubbed the iPad Pro, however the company will apparently not launch a next-generation iPad Air until 2016.

Other previous reports suggest that the iPad Pro may come equipped with an improved flexible touch panel.

Lastly, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have also reportedly entered production.

According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the smartphone will launch with a bigger display and will be slightly taller and thicker than its predecessors, plus colours may also match the Apple Watch.

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