Apple may have a range of new devices planned after it was discovered that the company is advertising for a manager who will focus “on bring-up of iPhone OS on new platforms.”
The ad for an “Engineering Manager” reads in part:
The Core Platform team within Apple’s Core OS organization is looking for a talented and inspired manager to lead a team focused on bring-up of iPhone OS on new platforms. The team is responsible for low level platform architecture, firmware, core drivers and bring-up of new hardware platforms. The team consists of talented engineers with experience in hardware, firmware, IOKit drivers, security and platform architecture….
Job responsibilities include:
* Leadership and management of a team of talented software engineers in a fast-paced and demanding software development environment
* Working closely with the hardware and custom silicon teams to bring-up new platforms and prototype systems
* Defining the software roadmap to support a range of hardware platforms, including iPhone & iPod
* Lead the team’s assistance in requirements for future hardware and custom silicon
It’s highly unlikely to improbable that Apple would be looking to license the OS, so this can only mean new devices. But what sort of devices is the million dollar question. New iPhones, iPads, even iPhone OS on a laptop perhaps?
There’s some speculation that the Apple TV might be a possible candidate for the iPhone OS, and it’s something we’d love to see: imagine getting the apps from the iPhone platform (including games) on an Apple TV: it has win written all over it.