On 28 September, Apple posted a new position description on its website, labelled ‘Web UI Designer – Maps’, leading various bloggers and websites to muse that the company is focusing on fixing the much publicised problems with its Maps app, but it’s a couple of other inclusions in the description that have commentators extra intrigued.
There’s the first line of the actual description – “design, develop, and maintain complex front-end code for a new secret project”. Yes, nothing excites Apple watchers as much as a simple phrase like ‘new secret project’.
Then there are a couple of lines in the job summary… “You would be joining a small team working on an advanced web platform upon which many of Apple’s future services will be based” and ”In this highly visible position, the successful candidate will collaborate with cross-functional engineering teams to define and implement some of the web pages for the system that will power next generation Apple products.”
MacRumors.com speculates that this could mean the Cupertino California company is looking to beef up its web presence, “developing a series of web-based apps that would extend the Apple experience outside of Apple products”. Most of the site’s readers though have gone for the snark, filling up the comments page with cracks along the lines of ‘Secret project? One where Maps actually works?’
Of these, our prize would go to avanpelt, who offered, “It’s the top secret and super critical ‘Remove Airport Taxiways from the Database of Drivable Roads’ project.”
Hopeful applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Additionally they’ll need:
- minimum three years’ experience building applications and web services
- deep understanding of DOM, XML and JSON, and
- browser compatibility issues.
…and a driver’s/pilot’s licence?
by Macworld Australia staff