Apple has big plans for location services according to a new job listing posted by the Cupertino, California-based company. In a listing for a new “OS QA Location Engineer,” Apple said the candidate will “join a dynamic team responsible for qualifying the latest iOS products, working on exciting new features for iOS location services.” The job also requires “familiarity with GPS, A-GPS, LBS, or navigation algorithms” and “experience with cellular technologies.” Apple has already said that it wants to “radically improve” its current iOS Maps application, which we would argue certainly needs an update, so it is possible the job could be on that team. In addition, Apple included a new location-based Reminders application inside iOS 5, which will launch to the public in the fall. Perhaps the company has similar ideas in store. More →
A new job listing on Apple’s website reveals that the company is assembling a small team of engineers to build what the company refers to as “the future of cloud services at Apple.” The job listing, which seeks a Cloud Systems Software Engineer, calls for a programmer who will “explore the far reaches of the possible by joining the team building the future of cloud services at Apple!” Apple is rumored to be working on several new cloud-based offerings that may launch in the near future. Among the more recent rumors is rumblings that Apple will revamp its MobileMe service to include a digital locker that would allow users to store music and videos online and then stream the files to PCs and iOS devices. Amazon recently launched a Cloud Drive service that offers similar functionality. More →
A job listing on Apple’s website searching for an AC/DC Power Supply Design Engineer may have let slip a future Apple product line that has been rumored numerous times in the past: an Apple television. Not Apple TV; an actual television set designed and built by Apple. “This is an excellent opportunity to work on the forefront of new power management designs and technologies with the exemplary company consistently bringing innovations in the industry,” Apple’s job listing states. “The position primarily involves high-density offline power supply’s development for Apple’s next generation Macintosh platforms spanning from notebook computers, desktop computers, servers, standalone displays and TV.” That’s right, TV. The television set is still at the center of the home entertainment market despite PC makers’ best efforts, and the introduction of 3D technology fizzling at best. TV hardware is practically begging for some innovation and if Apple can manage to wow the world with a novel television product — which it failed to do with Apple TV — the company’s iTunes video business could become just as successful as its music business. More →
A bit of digging through Apple’s online job board Thursday revealed multiple job listings for engineers who may be needed to work with a forthcoming Verizon iPhone. Fortune uncovered the listings, which call for full-time Cellular Systems Performance Engineers who will address protocol issues and field test hardware. The listings also state that candidates should be familiar with GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA and CDMA technologies. Though Fortune mistakenly writes that the WCDMA standard is not currently utilized by Apple phones, it is right about one thing: CDMA, Verizon Wireless’ network technology of choice, is not currently used in any iPhone models. Apple has not yet confirmed an iPhone model for the Verizon Wireless network, though it has been widely reported that a Verizon iPhone will launch early in 2011.
This isn’t the first time rumors of a Brooklyn Apple Store have surfaced, but it is without question the first time they’ve come right from the horse’s mouth. BGR has learned that Apple is currently seeking Apple Solutions Consultants in Brooklyn, NY. Apple’s job listing clearly calls for candidates who would work at a retail sales location, and it is currently the only job listing found when Brooklyn is specified as the search location. While further details are scarce for the time being, we could be getting fairly close to a grand opening if Apple is already looking for a sales team.