What is interesting about the job post, discovered by Apple Insider, is that it calls for “familiarity with Unix, especially Mac OS X” as well as for knowledge of the core of OS X – Apple’s Cocoa – and at least one of the following: Android, Microsoft’s C#, and Oracle’s Java and C++. This is significant, as it indicates that this work will be developing the voice-activated assistant for OS X.
The successful candidate will be expanding the role of Siri as “an entire miniature OS within the OS,” writes Apple in its job posting. Apple says it is looking for someone with a “passion for the Macintosh platform and writing simple, elegant software that is easy and fun to use”.
Specifically the engineer will focus on Siri’s conversational view, according to the post.
Apple introduced Dictation features to OS X with the launch of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on 25 July 2012. OS X 10.0.7 Lion launched a year earlier on 20 July 2011 so many are expecting Apple to launch a new version of the operating system this winter. However, There was a two-year gap between the release of Snow Leopard on 28 August 2009 and Lion so there could conceivably be a longer wait for the next version of OS X.
However, in recent weeks OS X 10.9 activity has increased, suggesting that the company is testing early builds.