Archive for September, 2013

Apple maps team is recruiting for a new UI Developer

A new posting has appeared on the Apple jobs website for a “Web UI Designer – Maps” this position is also described by apple to include¬†designing, developing, and maintaining complex front-end code for a new secret project.

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.

While the job listing does briefly mentions Maps, it appears that the position could have a much wider scope for web development. According to the advert, the designer would join a small team that is working on an advanced web platform that will be the backbone of many future Apple services.

Qualifications for the position include a minimum of three years of experience building both applications and web services, along with understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, DOM, XML, JSON and various JavaScript testing frameworks.

Though it is unclear what the secret project is referring to to, it is possible that Apple is working on creating up a more prominent web presence, developing a series of web-based apps that could extend the Apple experience outside of Apple’s own products, for example, if apple released a web-based Maps app, similar to Google Maps, which could then possibly be incorporated into iCloud or other Apple products in the future. At the present time, Apple still uses Google Maps for Find My iPhone in iCloud, and a new web-based Maps app could present a unified Apple mapping solution for the company.

It is also possible, however, that this position involves the building of internal web tools to manage Apple services that would not be public facing.

Automatic iOS 7 download causes frustration among iOS 6 users

Just a week after iOS7 was released it is already causing frustration among iOS6 legacy users due to the update automatically downloading itself onto all devices, even before you have chosen to update your device.

All users who have iOS6 installed will have experienced a forced download without any intervention of iOS7 install files over the air. What this means is that without asking you, your phone has downloaded the new software without any warning, while you where sleeping and the phone was on charge!

The reason this has gotten users annoyed is because the update occupies around 3.1GB of storage space, and this data cannot be removed without first updating to iOS7.

CNET confirmed the behavior on both an iPhone 4 as well as a fourth-generation iPad, both of which were running the latest version of iOS 6 before 7 arrived. For the iPad, the download began within minutes of turning on the device and plugging it into A/C power. When finished on both devices, it accounted for a little more than 3GB of space that was previously available on the device, and did not show up in the storage management settings submenu.

A similar situation arrose last year when users of iOS5 noticed that iOS6 was downloading OTA (Over the air) without their knowledge and preventing them from adding new music / apps due to a lack of space. During this week apple has claimed that over 200 million devices have upgraded to the new iOS7, meaning that this is the fastest software upgrade in history, however by upgrading everyone without them knowing its not surprising!

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