Florida set to become important Apple hub
Apple is planning to set up chip development facilities in Orlando, Florida, seven job listings discovered by AppleInsider indicate. Most are related to developing and testing processors. One of them calls for a "GPU Csim/Reference Model Engineer" who would specialize in "modeling GPU hardware;" the listing also mentions running iOS on "pre-silicon platforms." Two other jobs involve design verification, and ask for people to "develop verification plans, create verification test bench components, generate tests, run simulations, and debug design issues," among other responsibilities.
May mean facility close to booting up
Apple is escalating its search for people to work at its under-construction Prineville, Oregon datacenter, notes AppleInsider. The company recently posted a job listing for an operations planner, as well as a site services technician. In late March, the company started looking for a chief engineer.
Company making unusual Florida hires
A new Apple job listing may hint at some of the company's plans for fingerprint technology, notes AppleInsider. The company is currently searching for a software engineer, to be based in Melbourne, Florida. The successful hire will be required to work on software related to integrated circuit design, including LabTool, an app used at Apple's "Melbourne Design Center."
Decision may be reversed later on
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied class action status for workers wanting to sue several major technology and film companies over anti-job poaching practices, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs have accused Adobe, Apple, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar of conspiring not to poach workers from each other. While such practices might help stabilize corporate environments, they also reduce the need for employers to compete with each other on wages and benefits.
Looks to improve global accuracy of Maps
Apple has begun hiring for Maps "ground truth" workers in several more regions around the globe, expanding beyond recent Australian recruiting. The new regions include the US, eastern and western Europe, Japan, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and the Middle East and Africa. In each case Apple is searching for a manager whose team is expected to test new code and data, comparing remotely-collected maps against "known truths" about a region's geography, as well as content in rival mapping applications. In the US, a team must use "local expertise" to gather additional feedback.
Attention turns back to stereo systems
Apple has opened up yet another automotive-related job position, notes AppleInsider. The company is currently searching for an In-Car Software QA Manager, who will help "drive iPod/iPhone/iPad integration testing with car stereos." The person is specifically expected to help test stereo compatibility with iOS products.
Dispels rumored Apple security measure
Apple isn't assigning "fake" projects to new hires at the company, say Apple workers in contact with Ars Technica. Last year, Inside Apple author Adam Lashinsky spoke with an ex-Apple employee during a Q&A session; the person claimed that the fake projects are assigned to people during a probationary period. The comments were made in response to Lashinsky's own assertions that workers are sometimes hired to "dummy positions" where they don't know what they'll actually be working on until they start with Apple.
Supports indications of new device in development
Apple is searching for an Apple TV software engineering manager, a new job listing reveals. The successful candidate will have to "lead a team of engineers working on exciting new features and functionality" for the product line. Potential hires must also demonstrate experience "juggling multiple (simultaneous) high priority projects," among other qualities.
Hints at broad expansion of existing app, greater integration
A raft of positions available with Apple at its Cupertino headquarters dealing with nearly every aspect of the company's iOS Maps program have been revealed through new job postings. A total of ten engineering positions dealing directly with Maps suggest either that Apple is replacing those hired for nearly identical jobs in September, or expanding the team significantly in another push to help the program realize its potential. While Apple's Maps has improved significantly from its debut, it still lags behind Google, Nokia and other competitors in a number of aspects.
Siri for iOS also slated to get more features
A new opening for a UI engineer at Apple indicates that the company has major plans for Siri, says AppleInsider. The person will be expected to work on the presentation of results in Siri's conversation view, integrating new apps and services into the voice command system. Apple describes Siri as "an entire miniature OS within the OS."
Company also searching for other regional positions
Apple is looking to hire a Russian chat team manager for its still-unlaunched Russian online store, reports observe. Although the person will be based in Cork, Ireland, he or she will "lead a team of 12/15 dynamic advisors," according to the job listing, pushing them to "meet or exceed business goals ensuring that all Apple customers are receiving an excellent service." As a part of the job, the manager will have to conduct his/her own hiring.
Clip reverses inventor's view on future 'social impact' of computing
The widely-publicized first scene released from Ashton Kutcher's jOBS biographical feature on Steve Jobs is said to be "not close" to the actual relationship between Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, according to Wozniak himself. The film will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival, with Kutcher and co-star Josh Gad appearing at the Macworld conference next week to promote the picture.
Details of tech still kept quiet
Apple is searching for an "iOS Frameworks QA Engineer" who will have the chance at working on "the very first iPhone/iPad app that uses a new API/framework in the next version of iOS," notes AppleInsider. The person will have to cooperate with different engineering teams to ensure the quality of APIs and frameworks. The job listing -- quoted above -- doesn't specify what a next-generation API might contain, but offers a first hint at Apple's development of iOS 7.
Job listing effectively confirms ac-equipped Macs
Apple is searching for a system test engineer with knowledge of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, reports note. The person will in fact have to specialize in Wi-Fi, and work at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, where they will be tasked with "testing, automating, leading, and working closely with the entire cross-functional team to ensure quality for Macintosh products." The opening may all but confirm that Apple plans to update 2013 Macs with 802.11ac.
Ashton Kutcher Jobs biopic set for April 2013 release
The filmmakers behind jOBS, the independent biopic on late Apple founder Steve Jobs, have announced that the film will be released in cinemas in April of this year. As MovieWeb reported today, the film will screen on the final night of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and open with Open Road Films handling distribution in the United States, with Inferno Entertainment handling international sales. A different Jobs biopic, with Aaron Sorkin adapting Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, is still in development and does not yet have a release date.
Project may be important to city's economy
Construction work has started on Apple's expanded presence in Austin, Texas, the Austin America-Statesman reports. Crews are said to be doing earthwork at the new West Parmer site, and have already erected a concrete shell for what appears to be a three-story office building. So far, though, no signs have identified the project, its future occupant, or even the company doing the construction, although the developer is known to be Conor Commercial. A security guard has refused to say whether or not Apple is involved.
Central location offers one million job postings, Google apps
Google has launched a central service to help veterans into civilian employment, that uses already built support tools. Dubbed VetNet, the site leverages Google+ and Google apps to provide resume-building assistance and help finding jobs to ex-military personel and their families, by moving all of the existing Google-connected tools for these purposes into a single hub.
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish versions planned
Apple is working on adding another six international translations of Siri, a job listing reveals. An opening for cloud services engineering interns became available on November 13th; candidates are expected to "join the team responsible for delivering Siri in different parts of the world for an exciting 6 month internship in Cupertino, California." Candidates must be "native or fluent" in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and/or Swedish, and fluent in English. The requirement is telling since Siri still isn't available in Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish.
iOS Maps tech still distant from Google level, source comments
Apple is actively recruiting people with Google Maps experience to work on the iOS 6 Maps app, a source says. The person reportedly has connections with both teams, and goes into detail, noting that Apple is specifically targeting people who are/were working on contract with Google, rather than permanently. "Many" of the prospective hires are said to be eager to join Apple, since Google Maps generally only requires minor updates while iOS 6 Maps is a new product.
Apple allegedly pushing profit at expense of workers, maintenance
The labor situation in Apple Stores is still in a rough state, despite promises by the company, according to sources for ifoAppleStore. For example, contrary to statements by Apple retail head John Browett, workers were recently laid off or fired, but later just rehired -- and while interstore transfers are now going through, demotions aren't being reversed, overtime is still limited, and managers are assigning minimum hours to part-timers. Apple is thought to be trying several methods of maximizing retail profits, including changing how worker performance is rated.
Apple allegedly citing 'business reasons' for firing
A former Apple worker -- Wayne Goodrich -- is suing the company over breach of contract and unfair business practices, claiming Apple co-founder Steve Jobs promised him he would always have a job, Bloomberg reports. In a complaint filed with the California state court in San Jose, Goodrich says he was fired in December for what Apple said were "business reasons" unrelated to his performance. Goodrich describes himself as a confidant and close adviser to Jobs, and someone who worked under him from 1998 until Jobs' retirement and death in late 2011.
Browett insists no one was laid off
Reports of layoffs and reduced hours at Apple Stores are misleading, Apple is said to be telling store leaders. Two sources tell Dow Jones that Apple's head of retail, John Browett, sent a memo to the leadership teams explaining that the company recently tried a new staffing formula, with the result that some workers saw their hours cut back, and some outlets were undermanned. The situation lasted a few weeks before the company went back to its old model.
Topic key point of America-wide Apple Store meetings
One of the key subjects of US-wide Apple Store meetings on Sunday night was a new worker training program, called Pathways, 9to5Mac reports. Sources in the retail chain say that the objective of the initiative is to give workers a career path. In practice, new hires will now be considered in training for their entire first year after joining an Apple Store.
Intent of Israeli expansion still unclear
Apple has started hiring for two new chip engineering jobs in Israel, notes AppleInsider. The company is looking for two "SoC Backend Physical Design Engineers," to be based in the Haifa and Herzliya Pituah regions of the country. People hired for the jobs will be required to handle "physical implementation of a complete SoC [system-on-chip] from net list to tape-out," including aspects like clock and power distribution, and power and noise analysis. The openings join five others in Israel, all involving engineering. Most of these are situated in Herzliya Pituah.
Some hiring already underway
Apple is preparing to engage in a major hiring spree for its upcoming Israeli research and development facility, local reports claim. The campaign will allegedly involve posting ads for "dozens" of positions at the facility, to be based in Haifa's Scientific Industries Center. Toward the end of March Apple was already running four ads for engineering jobs, but the intensity of recruitment is said to be picking up.
Apple plans to add 500 jobs, expand functions
The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny, has paid a visit to the Apple factory in Cork, Ireland to congratulate the company and its workers on their role in bolstering the economy of the area as well as Europe generally. Ireland has played an increasingly important role for Apple, and the company is planning to expand its presence in Cork with an additional 500 jobs to support its central European office. The plant Kenny visited currently employs 2,800 people.
Skepticism about Apple terms, Austin's benefits
An expansion deal between Apple and the city of Austin, Texas is on shaky ground, a report suggests. Dave Porter, the senior VP of economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, tells the Austin-American Statesman that the deal isn't finished, and "remains in peril." Apple is allegedly "frustrated" with some recent developments.
Hiring already underway
More details have been narrowed down regarding Apple's upcoming second Apple Store in Perth, Australia. PerthNow reports that the company is already starting to hire for a "South Perth" location. Sources for the site add that the store will specifically located in Booragoon's Garden City, and take over at least two earlier stores near a Kmart.
Expansion will require new Hollyhill office block
Apple is planning on expanding its presence in Cork, Ireland with over 500 more jobs, the Irish Times says. The growth will in fact require the construction of a new office block; the structure should be built sometime within the next 18 months. Apple already has about 2,800 workers located at its Hollyhill campus in Cork, which serves as its European headquarters. The facility handles a variety of operations including manufacturing, supply, and distribution.
Job-creation concessions in exchange for tax break
Apple's planned expansion of its Austin campus to create more than 3,600 new high-paying jobs is dependent on incentive offers from the city of Austin as well as the county and state. Last month, the city agreed to a package worth $8.6 million in savings, and now Travis County officials may grant Apple a 10-year, 80-percent tax break valued at $7.4 million. The commission may impose some conditions on the deal, which would bring more than 3,600 jobs to the area.
Asks for more hours instead of hiring
Apple has begun demanding more hours from both its full- and part-time retail staff, sources tell ifoAppleStore. While full-time employees are, for instance, currently expected to work at least one weekend day per week -- normally meaning Saturday or Sunday -- Apple is reportedly adding Friday to its definition of the weekend, and insisting that full-timers work two out of three days. Creatives, Geniuses, and Family Room and Red Zone Specialists are affected.
Construction already under way on Oregon site
Apple is advertising a new job listing which could be connected to a new data center in Prineville, Oregon, Wired reports. The company is hiring a data center construction project manager, who will nominally be based out of Cupertino, California, but have to travel to a project site. "As Apple’s new products and services expand and grow, so too does the need for more servers and server space to house them, Data Centers," the listing reads. "The candidate selected for this position will become an important part of the Apple team responsible for the design and construction implementation of the next generation of data centers.
New campus could take city, county, state money
An Apple official today answered questions in front of Austin City Council in an attempt to secure funding for its expanded presence in the city. The Council is offering to pay $8.6 million in incentives over 10 years if Apple meets job and investment targets. Apple may also receive $21 million from the state-level Texas Enterprise Fund, and still more cash from Travis County, although county officials are believed to be waiting until after a City Council vote to say what it might contribute.
City to get roughly 3,600 jobs
The State of Texas has announced an agreement by Apple to spend another $304 million in Austin to expand operations. The company is building a new campus that will double its workforce in the state during the next 10 years, primarily boosting customer support, sales, and accounting divisions. In exchange, the state is handing out $21 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund.
May suggest rush to meet demands
Apple is in a hurry to hire a new production support manager, AppleInsider claims to have learned. The site says that "a California-based recruiter" at the company has turned to sending messages through LinkedIn, ones which indicate that Apple wants to fill the position within two to three weeks. The recruiter is reportedly asking connections if they might know anyone interested in taking the job, based at the company's Cupertino headquarters.
New job position hints at iCloud plans
Apple is planning to a create still more iOS applications connected to iCloud, a new job listing reveals. The company is currently hunting for an iCloud application developer, who will be asked to "develop new and existing iPhone and iPad applications for iCloud services," according to the listing. Successful candidates will also have to "work closely with visual designers to define and implement [the] User Interface," and cooperate with "teams across the company."
Builds toward planned Siri improvements
Apple has opened up two new job positions for Siri engineers, notes Silicon Alley Insider. The first is simply titled iOS Siri UI Engineer, and asks for someone capable of implementing the conservation view and related actions. "This includes defining a system that enables a dialog to appear intuitive, a task that involves many subtle UI behaviors in a dynamic, complex system," Apple writes.
Effort spearheaded by Tim Cook
Apple has managed to exceed $2.6 million in donations to non-profits since starting a charitable matching program in mid-September, according to an AppleInsider report. The company is said to have internally announced $1.3 million in worker donations so far, which it is matching dollar-for-dollar. Workers are individually limited to donating $10,000 to a charity per year.
LG dismisses rumors of 30% mobile staff cuts
LG has dismissed a report that suggested it was planning to shed 30 percent of its workforce in response to poorer than expected mobile device sales. The Korea Economic Daily had claimed that to stem losses from its mobile devices division, LG was planning on reducing its global mobile marketing, purchasing resources and its domestic mobile business. LG has responded by stating the rumours are groundless.
Looks to 'rethink' geolocation
Apple has opened up a series of corporate-level jobs, reports observe. These include positions for two "new product security" managers, to be based in Apple's home in Cupertino. The people will be responsible for "overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple’s unreleased products and related intellectual property," according to a description. The company is known to go to extreme lengths to keep products secret, even requiring veils over hardware in its own secure labs.
May be tied to Maps, traffic plans
Apple is continuing to expand hiring related to iOS location technology, notes AppleInsider. The company's latest goal is an iOS QA location engineer, who will be based out of Cupertino and help work on "exciting new features for iOS location services," completing "documented and adhoc testing to ensure high quality releases." Candidates must notably have experience with "GPS, A-GPS, LBS, or navigation algorithms," as well as cellular technology and mobile sensors.
Gears up for future LTE devices
Apple is hiring a person to produce iOS compatibility with different cellular specifications, including LTE, AppleInsider notes. The successful candidate will work as an "iOS Inter-Operability Development and Performance Engineer" in Cupertino, and must be familiar with multiple wireless standards, namely WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA+, CDMA, EVDO and LTE. The job will also specifically involve communicating with carriers and vendors to ensure compatibility.
Might simplify connecting iOS devices to monitors
Apple could be looking to support DisplayPort video output on future iOS devices, a new job listing hints. The company is currently searching for a signal integrity and power integrity manager, who will be working "in a group at Apple that develops SOCs (system-on-chips) that will be used in Apple mobile devices." Candidates must have "expertise in Serial links (such as DisplayPort) as well as parallel bus standards (such as LPDDR2 interface), and power integrity at package level and as well as board level."
Expose explains retail chain's inner workings
While Apple Stores have been extremely successful, they are very closely controlled, and may be encountering problems as the chain grows ever bigger, according to a Wall Street Journal expose. The paper's information comes from interviews with current and former Apple workers, as well as confidential training manuals and a recording of a store meeting. One reason relatively little is known about how Apple Stores operate is because the company imposes tight lips on retail clerks, banning them not only from discussing product rumors but also writing anything about the company online, or even admitting product defects to customers before corporate has acknowledged them, the Journal's sources say. Restrictions are also placed on language, such that employees may be forbidden from correcting product pronunciations and required to use terms like "as it turns out" instead of a more natural "unfortunately."
Web hooks for platform may be relatively limited
Recent job listings suggest that iCloud may not get a MobileMe-style web interface, or at least not a complete one. The company currently has several iCloud Java Server Engineer positions open, each of which requires "5 years experience designing, implementing and supporting highly scalable applications and web services in Java." A single opening is present for an iCloud C++ Server Engineer, which involves creating and supporting "highly scalable applications and web services in C/C++ on Unix platforms," plus familiarity with Apache and HTTP servers like nginx and lighttpd.
Company could take mapping tech in-house
Apple is now explicitly hunting for someone to improve the Maps app in iOS, a new job listing reveals. The successful candidate will take on the mantle of "iOS Maps Application Developer," working in or around the vicinity of the company's Cupertino headquarters. Applicants must have "real-world experience developing sophisticated user interfaces," and cooperate with the Apple human interface team to "add new and innovative features."
One of Apple's oldest stores to relocate
Apple has filed for a US trademark on the term "Startup," a report notes. A Jamaican trademark was actually filed for in October 2010, most likely as a way of claiming priority when applying in the US. As the trademark would cover several categories -- retail stores, maintenance and installation of hardware and software, educational services and technical support -- the name is thought to be related to expanded training and setup services that have been in play at Apple Stores since earlier this year.
Company promises 'future of cloud services'
Apple is assembling a special team dedicated to cloud services, a job listing reveals. The company is currently hiring a Cloud Systems Software Engineer for its Cupertino campus, where the person will join a "small team" responsible for developing "the future of cloud services at Apple." The listing is extremely vague as a rule, referring to the team's projects only as "software which forms the foundation" of the "most exciting new products and services" at the company.
Use of technology extremely limited so far
Apple is moving forward on bringing Thunderbolt to iOS devices, new job listings indicate. The company is currently searching for a Thunderbolt firmware/software engineer, whose role will be to "develop and maintain firmware for embedded controllers for Thunderbolt products," along with creating "corresponding Mac OS X tool and utility applications such as updaters and exercisers." Crucially, Apple is hoping for a person experienced with ARM processors; the company's A4 and A5 chips -- used in the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV -- are ARM-based designs.
Find My Friends, Maps Navigation could be on tap
Apple has opened a new job posting which suggests a major overhaul of the Maps app in iOS, as well as the platform's general location technology. The position is simply identified as iOS Maps Application Developer, but asks for someone to help "radically improve how people interact with maps and location-based services." Candidates must have a BS in Computer Science or an equivalent, and be familiar with object-oriented programming and design, particularly in terms of apps and user interfaces.