Apple Wants UI Designer for ‘New Secret Project’ for ‘Advanced Web Platform’

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Apple Web Platform?Apple is working on a "new secret project," only its existence isn't really secret because it was Apple that told us about it. The company posted a job description (spotted by MacRumors) for a UI designer in the world of "Maps" to help develop, "an advanced web platform upon which many of Apple's future services will be based."

Which just plain sounds exciting, right? What it means, of course, remains to be seen, but one easy guess is that Apple is planning to bring Apple Maps to the Web. Currently, the company's mapping service exists only on iOS devices and in a beta standalone app that's a part of Mavericks.

There's one line in the job summary, though, that gives me hope that this is something even bigger. "In this highly visible position," the company said, "the successful candidate will collaborate with cross-functional engineering teams to define and implement some of the web pages [sic] for the system that will power next generation Apple products." [My emphasis.]

Some of the webpages? Why that specificity? Is it because the mapping portion of this project is just that, a mapping portion? I am hoping Apple is working on a search engine, something I have long thought would help Apple with Siri and other services the company seems to believe is important.

That's blatant speculation on my part, and there is nothing in this job posting to back it up other than the (most likely innocuous) clause I quoted above.

Here's the job posting in full:

Web UI Designer - Maps

Job Number: 29726866
Santa Clara Valley, California, United States
Posted: Sep. 27, 2013
Weekly Hours: 40.00

Job Summary

At Apple, we're lucky to be working on projects that have the potential to change the world. We're working on an exciting new system and need your help. You would be joining a small team working on an advanced web platform upon which many of Apple's future services will be based. We are looking for an extremely capable front-end engineer who has a strong background in web services development, and who has built high-performance, scalable and extensible systems. In this highly visible position, the successful candidate will collaborate with cross-functional engineering teams to define and implement some of the web pages for the system that will power next generation Apple products.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years experience building applications and web services
  • Building pixel-perfect user interface with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery
  • Javascript testing frameworks such as QUnit, Jasmine, buster.JS
  • Deep understanding of DOM, XML, and JSON
  • Browser compatibility issues

Description

  • Design, develop, and maintain complex front-end code for a new secret project
  • Document and build unit tests for your code.
  • Work with operations, QA, and product management to maximize product effectiveness

Comments

Lee Dronick

Hmmmm, sounds intriguing.

iJack

I’d be happy if the “Advanced Web Platform” was a new and (much) improved Safari. When someone spends as much time on the Net as his Mac, he should have at least as many tools as the OS X Finder. Safari doesn’t come even close.

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