Washington Post compares Apple's progress to other Silicon Valley giants, claiming that rest of the industry is mostly sitting idle. (Alternate source: Reuters) From the report:
Probably due to the realization that diversity is only good for a company as at most a secondary good. Unfortunately, the prevailing rhetoric about diversity is generally closer to the assumption that there exist plenty of qualified black and non-white Hispanics who are just chomping at an opportunity to prove their worth. However, when one looks at the pipelines coming out of academia, that doesn't appear to be the case there at all. That's particularly problematic because the industry often has a real credentialist elitism so if God forbid some black kid taught himself to code but could only get into a HBC because it was a cheap and safe route to a degree, they'd probably never consider him. Because Stanford, CMU and such.
So if Apple is becoming more racially diverse in those demographics it means one of these things, though possibly both is true:
1. Apple is poaching a lot of good black and non-white Hispanic talent, leaving less for the industry at large.
2. Apple is accepting candidates below their usual standards.
If I were involved in strategy at Google, I would make it clear that if you aren't getting #1, you aren't going to accept #2. That's a route to risking mediocrity for your company, but awesome when your competitor does it to themselves.