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Apple iPod with Video and WiFi Capabilities? 225

Posted by CmdrTaco
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An anonymous reader writes "Apple is currently seeking an engineer for its iPod hardware division. However, they are not looking for just any engineer. They are seeking an engineer with WiFi and Video integration experience. 'The iPod group is looking for a Hardware Engineer. Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC's, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB), display types and video and analog integration.'"
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Apple iPod with Video and WiFi Capabilities?

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  • by Infonaut (96956) <infonaut@gmail.com> on Monday August 30, 2004 @02:42PM (#10110836) Homepage Journal
    I remember seeing plenty of ads in the DC metro area back in the mid-90s, in which corporations were seeking Java programmers with 5-8 years experience. I'm not kidding.

    Obviously Apple knows their job announcements are scrutinized, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were casting a broader net than they need to be, as insurance against future needs that may or may not materialize.

  • by jared_hanson (514797) on Monday August 30, 2004 @02:50PM (#10110926) Homepage Journal
    /me raises hand.

    I usually don't reply to ACs, but the Objective-C bashing is just ignorant. Objective-C is not used much outside of the Mac OS X development community, but that does not make it a bad language. I've programmed fairly extensively in it, and I can say that it is a truly incredible language that makes tasks really simple. It is a true object oriented language (everything inherits from NSObject) yet you still get to keep pointers, which gives you a lot of power as well. It has the power of C++ and the ease of use of Java or C#.

    I have yet to meet anyone with significant experience in Objective-C who can say they dislike the language.
  • better coverage (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:00PM (#10111045)
    From last week on The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/25/apple_ipod _wifi/
  • by strictfoo (805322) <strictfoo-signup.yahoo@com> on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:08PM (#10111100) Journal
    There are a number of real apple job postings related to the iPod, but none feature the word video. It appears this "news" is completely bogus.

    Here are the jobs:
    Hardware System Integrator - iPod [apple.com]
    Hardware System Integrator - iPod [apple.com]
    Hardware System Integrator - iPod SPG [apple.com]

    Now, how easy would that have been for the slashdot editors to check? Took me about 1 minute.

  • by Have Blue (616) on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:14PM (#10111147) Homepage
    Sign into Apple's job site and go to job requisition ID 2142016 . You should find this:
    The iPod group is looking for a Hardware Engineer. This person will be an individual contributor on a top notch team with responsibilities for the design, implementation, and integration of digital and analog electronics. The applicant should be familiar with computer system architecture and digital design. Duties include schematic capture, prototype bring-up and debugging, hardware bug tracking, functional verification, signal characterization, and manufacturing support.


    The ideal candidate is someone from a consumer electronics background dealing with high volume, low power, high quality products.

    Required Experience:
    • BS/MS EE or equivalent required.
    • Must have great EE fundamentals.
    • 5+ years overall experience needed, 3+ years in a lead role preferred.
    • Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC's, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols, display types and analog integration.
    • Broad experience: both digital and analog.
    • Experience building actual products in labs.
    Note that there is nothing in there about video or wireless; the parenthetical expression in the article text was added by the reporter and the video integration comment is completely out of left field. This is either extremely wishful thinking on the part of Overclockers Club or an outright fabrication.
  • by Jason1729 (561790) on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:20PM (#10111206)
    I read about this last Tuesday on Apple Insider [appleinsider.com]

    It has more details on the source of the rumor, and this is very old news that's been spreading around the web for a week. It was also on Macrumors and several other sites last week.

    Jason
    ProfQuotes [profquotes.com]
  • by Rosyna (80334) on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:23PM (#10111239) Homepage
    They have removed the various protocols from the listing due to various rumor sites.

    The listings did, in fact, say bluetooth and 802.11 just a week ago when i checked it.
  • Old news (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:24PM (#10111250)
    Good grief...

    Slashdot is falling wayyyyyyy behind the times. Guys, this "news" is almost 3 weeks old.
  • more likely ... (Score:3, Informative)

    by for_usenet (550217) on Monday August 30, 2004 @03:41PM (#10111432)

    If this link/posting was indeed true, I would think this would be more for someone working on the video version of the airport express base station, as the audio/WiFi version is already out there.

    Little steps at a time folks, little steps ...

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