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Apple takes iOS concept designer as intern

updated 09:20 am EST, Tue December 13, 2011

Apple choice of Cart hints at design expansion

Apple has shown signs it might expand iOS' notifications or other areas after Jan-Michael Cart revealed that he had been hired as an intern at the company. The University of Georgia student in Mass Media Arts will work at Apple for seven months starting in January. While his exact tasks at Apple likely can't be mentioned, Cart is best known for concept design videos (below) showing how he would improve iOS, such as third-party notifications or using the center for incoming calls.

Like most internships, Cart's could theoretically lead to a full-time position if both he and Apple like the experience. It may give him relatively little authority to directly steer Apple's design choices but could see him contribute minor elements.

Apple has lately taken to hiring both interns and permanent workers from the unofficial community, in many cases even if they operate outside of its usual boundaries. The firm surprised some when it hired JailbreakMe creator Comex as an intern. Earlier, it had picked up jailbreak notification developer Peter Hajas for a permanent position.

Interface design hires brought on to Apple based on specific work are often put to use relatively quickly. Apple hired webOS' notification designer in June 2010 and, just a year later, was showing the results of his work in iOS 5. It's not clear if iOS 6 will show Cart's contributions. [via iPhoneinCanada]

by MacNN Staff



  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just concept?

    I'm not clear what this guy does. The stuff on his site is concept stuff, right? He takes other people's ideas and tweaks/enhances them. Is that right?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: just concept

    That's what he does on his site. At apple, he'll be making copies and doing what other people tell him to do. The life of an intern.

  1. facebook_Brian

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Dec 2011


    comment title

    Wow finally apple willing to steal callbar and implement it in notification. They r trying everything to kill jailbreak. Long live the dev team. Apple is a thief. Coming from an apple fan. Lol.

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