updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu August 26, 2010
Qualcomm job hints at possible CDMA iPhone team
A discovery today suggests Qualcomm has quietly begun hiring for what could be a deeper commitment to a CDMA iPhone. A position for an iPhone Developer Guru would come onboard to "develop the most challenging product of your life." AppleInsider's finding has requirements that center primarily around iOS development, such as Xcode.
However, the experience requirements also point to more than just direct development, including support for the product lifecycle management app Agile, J2EE (Java Enterprise Edition) and other platforms. Some of the experience is to cover roles outside of the main iPhone project, such as Android, server and web work.
A CDMA iPhone is the most likely candidate for the role. Apple is rumored to have ordered millions of Qualcomm chipsets that would provide the cellular baseband for the device, which is rumored to be nearing production. Qualcomm is the single largest supplier of CDMA chipsets and wouldn't be necessary for Apple in other capacities.
Typically, Qualcomm has individuals and teams dedicated to supporting whole platforms, such as Android, its own BREW platform and Windows Mobile/Phone.
An app is a possibility but unlikely. The company has shown FLO TV working on iOS devices but has been eager to unload the division after the subscription-only mobile TV service failed to catch on at AT&T and Verizon.