updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue May 17, 2011
Technology to be used in Mac, iOS, Windows
A job posting posted on Tuesday to Apple's website has revealed that the company is working on improvements to their streaming technologies, one of the main features in QuickTime and Core Animation and also used in a number of other products, including iTunes, Apple TV, Safari and others, AppleInsider reports. The position calls for a "Media Streaming Engineering Manager" who will "help develop our media streaming engine for our iOS, Mac OS X and Windows products."
The position may or may not have anything to do with the rumored recent emphasis on cloud-based services (in advance of an expected MobileMe revamp, following the alleged purchase of iCloud.com) and speculation regarding an iTunes-based music streaming service similar to what has been recently offered by Amazon. QuickTime, the set of technologies that currently handles audio and video streaming from both a serving and receiving perspective, hasn't been substantially upgraded since the introduction of Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server.
The position is listed as being located in the Santa Clara Valley area and will be working with the Interactive Media Group. The job listing calls for a person who has "seasoned management experience" and "an excellent conceptual understanding and working knowledge of media system and networking technologies." The post says the successful candidate must "be able to work in a fast paced environment, operate gracefully under stress, and be self driven to be effective in an environment with little overhead."
An applicant will also need a thorough understanding of TCP/IP and network protocol design, media streaming system design and five years or more working with "media container formats, video decoding and media playback engines." Applicants are expected to be able to deliver "complex software releases on tight schedules with high quality."
In April, the company was revealed to be assembling a team within the IMG group to build "the future of cloud services" via a job posting for a "Cloud Systems Software Engineer." [via AppleInsider]