updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2010
Suggests major overhaul
Apple is working on a "revolutionary" feature for Mac OS X, a new job listing claims. The company is hiring a software engineer for its Santa Clara Valley offices, who must be experienced with Mac, Objective-C and Unix development. "We are looking for a senior software engineer to help us create a revolutionary new feature in the very foundations of Mac OS X," the listing mentions. "We have something truly revolutionary and really exciting in progress and it is going to require your most creative and focused efforts ever."
Few clues exist as to what the feature might be. Because the listing refers to the "very foundations" of Mac OS X, it's likely to be associated with Mac OS X 10.7, rather than a Snow Leopard update. The web also appears to be involved. "An exceptional candidate will also have up close and personal experience with the HTTP protocol as well as other protocols layered atop it, have participated in or lead the architecture of large web scale systems, have shipped multiple 'platforms' for use by millions of users," one paragraph mentions.
The first details of v10.7 may not be revealed until next year. Rumors have in fact hinted that Apple delayed the OS to concentrate on iOS 4, which was launched in mid-June in advance of the iPhone 4. The company has yet to release an iPad version of iOS 4, which -- if the rumor is accurate -- could mean that full development resources will not be in place until the fall. [via AppleInsider]