FRUITY TOY MAKER Apple is trying to bring its feature challenged Iphone OS to other platforms, according to a recent job listing.
The description lists the need for a "talented and inspired" engineering manager who will bring forth Iphone OS unto those who decide to part with large wads of cash on Apple's "new hardware platforms". The Iphone OS currently powers the Iphone, Ipod Touch and the soon to be released Ipad. So where else could this pint-sized OS be put?
The limiting factor at the moment is the Iphone OS runs only on ARM architecture. That rules it out of desktop and notebook offerings for the moment. At present the most likely candidate is the AppleTV, the abandoned child in the Apple lineup.
Slapping Apple's own A4 chip inside and running Iphone OS might just save what has been a wart on Apple's sales figures. The big question is whether the A4 chip is capable of decoding 1080p video and multi-channel audio but that point might be moot if Steve Jobs deems it a useless feature.
There is the possibility that Apple might want to license out Iphone OS to other handset makers in order to stem the rising tide of Android handsets available. It would give Itunes and the App Store far greater exposure, however history tells us Apple doesn't like its software running on any machines that don't bear fruit.
Back to the job, unsurprisingly Jobs' Mob wants to make sure you have experienced their ecosystem before applying, so you need to have an Apple ID just to provide them with your CV. They say you don't have to be a fanboi to join but that they will "help you make the switch" once you arrive. Our advice is to let them know we sent you.
It would seem that the cappuccino firm is working towards putting out more single-tasking, Flash-less devices and is looking for someone with engineering talent to help it do that. µ