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New job listings may cast doubt on iCloud web interface

updated 10:00 am EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

Web hooks for platform may be relatively limited

Recent job listings suggest that iCloud may not get a MobileMe-style web interface, or at least not a complete one. The company currently has several iCloud Java Server Engineer positions open, each of which requires "5 years experience designing, implementing and supporting highly scalable applications and web services in Java." A single opening is present for an iCloud C++ Server Engineer, which involves creating and supporting "highly scalable applications and web services in C/C++ on Unix platforms," plus familiarity with Apache and HTTP servers like nginx and lighttpd.

The listings notably avoid any talk of web clients. By contrast, some ongoing Apple hiring for MobileMe demands people with knowledge in "scalable Web 2.0 Applications in Java in a Unix environment," as well as "HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ajax, JSON, Prototype, Scriptaculous" and web servers, web app servers and web development frameworks. The company is even seeking a MobileMe site support engineer whose duties will include testing "new feature implementations" for the network. All MobileMe subscriptions are being rendered void after June 30th next year.

Reports have noted that sending calendar invitations through iOS 5 currently results in a link to an iCloud webpage, which has fueled speculation that some sort of iCloud web interface is coming. At the same time, Apple has not made any mention of one and is instead pushing iCloud's hooks in Mac and iOS apps. Any web hooks might therefore be limited, just enough to interact with people who aren't using compatible apps.




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  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Makes no sense

    Why hire for MobileMe now after announcing its inevitable retirement? Why hire someone to test new features for a system that's going away?

    Unless of course you're gonna have those same people work on a different web app in the near future and need them on the current system to help with the transition.

  1. ademello

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Shoddy Reporting

    "highly scalable applications and web services in C/C++ on Unix platforms," plus familiarity with Apache and HTTP servers like nginx and lighttpd.

    These are all server-side technologies. Nothing in this post implies that there is no web client, in fact quite the opposite:

    "HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ajax, JSON, Prototype, Scriptaculous" and web servers, web app servers and web development frameworks."

    This implies a web client à la Mobile Me, Google Mail, and every other modern service out there. I love MacNN but this article is just really, really shoddy reporting by someone who is clueless. Of course there is going to be a web client for iCloud

  1. bazaarsoft

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Hur Dur

    Could it be, I don't know, that the existing MobileMe development team will be focusing on the client side app development?

    Have to agree - about the most poorly thought-out article on MacNN in a long time.

  1. ravemac.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    What they said

    After reading through the article, I can't figure out how the headline (conclusion) was determined.

    In recent headlines, Tree Top juice recently purchased a box car full of oranges fueling speculation that they no-longer will be producing apple juice...

  1. rbodgers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    MacNN Staff: Are you out of your mind?

    (Love the anonymous blog posts, by the way... high ethical standards, MacNN)

    Think about what you just said:

    "Recent job listings suggest that iCloud may not get a MobileMe-style web interface."

    So you are saying that the gorgeous web apps for email, calendar, contacts, account settings, and Find My iPhone/iPad... are just going to go away? In what world does that make sense? Why ON EARTH would Apple just drop those? They already have the developers to build and maintain the apps, they already have users who use them, they look a LOT like the desktop version of the apps.

    But Apple announces that they are hiring for Java Server Engineers and a C++ Server Engineer - positions that would be well-tailored to support the backend systems for iCloud services such as webapps - and that leaves you worried that they may be dropping webapps?

    Here's an idea: maybe Apple didn't need to hire an entirely separate "iCloud" webapp team. Maybe (just maybe) the "MobileMe" webapp team will BECOME the "iCloud" webapp team. Crazy, I know. But it's so crazy, it just might work.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Makes no sense

    Why hire for MobileMe now after announcing its inevitable retirement? Why hire someone to test new features for a system that's going away?

    Um, because MobileMe is still alive and will be for another year. What, you think everything just magically will stay working over that time?

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Makes no sense

    Um, wouldn't they already have a team that keeps it running? Or has it been running magically for the past few years?

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