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Job openings at Apple show that the company seeks to hire a cellular technology software manager familiar with LTE 4G high-speed, next-generation mobile broadband, as well as employees for its forthcoming massive data center in Maiden, N.C.

Apple looking for 4G expert

The nearly year-old job posting for a cellular technology software manager was revealed by Engadget Friday. Apple seeks an expert with "knowledge of one or multiple cellular technologies," including WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE.

While Apple has not yet made any announcements regarding LTE, it would be the next logical step for the iPhone maker, given its exclusive arrangement with AT&T as the wireless provider in the U.S. AT&T has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson for a 2011 commercial deployment of the company's Long Term Evolution network, commonly known as 4G.

Competitor Verizon also has plans to adopt LTE in the future. The transition is expected to cost U.S. carriers $1.78 billion each in the first year alone.

Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhone at this year's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The conference is rumored to begin on June 28.

Whether or not the next-generation iPhone hardware supports LTE 4G, sources have told AppleInsider that the iPhone OS 4.0 software will deliver the long-awaited multitasking support that users have requested. The software is expected to arrive with the new iPhone this summer.

Last year, AT&T began its rollout of HSPA 7.2 in six U.S. cities. The new network speeds will allow iPhone 3GS users to take full advantage of their device, with download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps.

North Carolina data center jobs posted

This week, Apple posted 10 new job listings for its data center in Maiden, N.C. The company seeks to hire site managers, coordinators, and service, mechanical and electric technicians. The listings seek people who have worked in large data centers with more than a thousand servers.



The listings do not, however, offer insight on the exact purpose of Apple's sprawling data center in Maiden. In 2009, Apple selected the location to build its $1 billion server farm project.

Some have speculated that the 500,000 square foot center could be for cloud computing. One analyst has predicted that Apple will offer browser-based access to iTunes content from anywhere, on any connected device.
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This why my first iPad is wi-fi only.
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I already have an iPhone, it has 3G data access, the data speeds of these cell towers is beyond pathetic, I'm also only purchasing the wireless iPad when it comes out.
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Steve is so pissed at Eric.

Apple Search, what else?
post #5 of 30
Looking forward to Apple Search. It will be good!
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While Apple has not yet made any announcements regarding LTE, it would be the next logical step for the iPhone maker, given its exclusive arrangement with AT&T as the wireless provider in the U.S. AT&T has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson for a 2011 commercial deployment of the company's Long Term Evolution network, commonly known as 4G.

Competitor Verizon also has plans to adopt LTE in the future. The transition is expected to cost U.S. carriers $1.78 billion each in the first year alone.

Its understandable that AI is US-centric in its focus but don't forget that a large slice of the iPhone and potentially the iPad market is outside the US where mobile technology tends to be way ahead of the US. When Apple makes iPhone technology decisions I am sure they consider all their markets, not just AT&T and Verizon, assuming of course, that Verizon is or will be part of that market.
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Most impressive is the server site in NC, $1B well spent.
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post #8 of 30
It's nice to see that Apple is starting to catch up with the competition.

4G might still be far away, but Apple can hopefully put higher resolution screens in their phones or at least larger sized screen.
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I'm more curious about this data center than anything else.

PS: hope Apple buys or set's up a service like Dropbox. They use a very intelligent system. Just yesterday I dropped a bunch of files onto it for a friend and despite my 40KBps hotel connection that time of the night (it's bad!) the 2GB of files were available nearly instantly because they already existed somewhere on Dropbox's server so all it did was link my account's shared folder to them. Dropbox is a very Apple-like setup, especially on the user's end.


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I already have an iPhone, it has 3G data access, the data speeds of these cell towers is beyond pathetic, I'm also only purchasing the wireless iPad when it comes out.

What country are in? It's not the US because AT&T has by far the best average data speeds according to the latest report. Or perhaps you're comparing it to WiFi or some wired internet, but that doesn't make much sense. I get 3Mbps on average, while that would be pathetic for 802,11g/n that is great for 3G in the US.
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I'm more curious about this data center than anything else.

PS: hope Apple buys or set's up a service like Dropbox. They use a very intelligent system. Just yesterday I dropped a bunch of files onto it for a friend and despite my 40KBps hotel connection that time of the night (it's bad!) the 2GB of files were available nearly instantly because they already existed somewhere on Dropbox's server so all it did was link my account's shared folder to them. Dropbox is a very Apple-like setup, especially on the user's end.

That is the most interesting thing in the post. Cisco just announced a router system @
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...net_video.html

Hope that Apple has ordered theirs.
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post #11 of 30
From one job listing:

"The Site Services Technician is responsible for deploying and maintaining servers and the supporting infrastructure...

Desired:
• Familiarity with Apple’s Hardware Environment
• Apple, IBM pSeries and xSeries, Sun, HP, Datadomain, NetApp, Teradata, IBM Storage

--
Sounds like they will be running Xserves in the center. That would be cool.
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Steve is so pissed at Eric.

Apple Search, what else?

If two guys can create google in their dorm room....what could Stevo do with all his resources?

And while were at it, I would like Apple to buy/develop a cable company, cellular company and make a flat screen TV with a decent interface!

Oh well!
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So should I just get an iPod touch and hold off buying a new iPhone until next year?

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I'm more curious about this data center than anything else.

PS: hope Apple buys or set's up a service like Dropbox. They use a very intelligent system. Just yesterday I dropped a bunch of files onto it for a friend and despite my 40KBps hotel connection that time of the night (it's bad!) the 2GB of files were available nearly instantly because they already existed somewhere on Dropbox's server so all it did was link my account's shared folder to them. Dropbox is a very Apple-like setup, especially on the user's end.

I'm using Dropbox to keep my macbook, iMac and 3Gs in sync and it's fantastic!

Really considering paying to upgrade from the free 2gig to the 50gig for $99. Just want to figure out if it's possible to sync my imac iPhoto to my macbook iPhoto using dropbox?

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ATT has only rolled out HSPA (7.2Mbps) in six cities? I thought that it was much more. And here I go complaining about Canada's mobile carriers being slow at rolling out more city coverage for HSPA+ (21Mbps).

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Any idea if the new iPhone will have a Super AMOLED screen? That thing is absolutely GORGEOUS in the samsung phone (I think samsung actually makes the screen too).
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So should I just get an iPod touch and hold off buying a new iPhone until next year?

You may want to wait till 2020. The 2020 iPhone may include a wireless neural interface that is able to anticipate your actions by scanning brainwave activity. It will know who you want to call and start dialing the number before you even have it out of your pocket and will load web sites and launch apps as you think of them.

Seriously, though, it's like any other technology purchase decision. Do you need what it does now? Buy it. If you don't need it, wait. It might make sense to wait for the next gen iPhone this summer, but if you want/need an iPhone now, there's no point in waiting another year because it might (or might not) have some feature.
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ATT has only rolled out HSPA (7.2Mbps) in six cities? I thought that it was much more. And here I go complaining about Canada's mobile carriers being slow at rolling out more city coverage for HSPA+ (21Mbps).

Not that 21mbps can be reached - I honestly never noticed a change, but then I have a 3g sans S.
http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/iphone-...-hspa-network/
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Steve is so pissed at Eric.

Apple Search, what else?

Indeed. I would like to add that we can recall how Microsoft won the browser war: they distributed IE for FREE with EVERY PC. Netscape had no chance despite commanding a massive market share.

Well, Apple ships MILLIONS of computers, phones and soon to be iPads, each one equipped with a browser. Apple should distribute their own search engine as the default engine.

With Bing, Microsoft proved that Google's search results can be easily duplicated. I don't think Google's much revered search algorithm is a mystery anymore. Most search engines offer very similar results to Google's actually. And with Apple's cash reserve they can hire a few bright minds from Yahoo or Google now that their non poaching agreement is over.

Imagine Apple's take on Search: a simple, intuitive user experience coupled with an elegant design. It's a no brainer. Most people including myself like to use Google Search because it's clean and simple which is exactly what Apple is great at.

Google decided to enter the mobile phone business so maybe it's time Apple did something about it
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Steve is so pissed at Eric.

Apple Search, what else?



Steve was quoted as saying "I wish I knew how I could quit you."
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If two guys can create google in their dorm room....what could Stevo do with all his resources?

And while were at it, I would like Apple to buy/develop a cable company, cellular company and make a flat screen TV with a decent interface!

Oh well!

Prophetic. Google invaded Apple's turf. Search is the only thing missing from the Apple experience. (Heck they did Sherlock back in the day...)

I wouldn't bet against it...

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...and watch Google's stock tank when it does.

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Just want to figure out if it's possible to sync my imac iPhoto to my macbook iPhoto using dropbox?

I use ChrnoSync for that and love it. No bandwidth issues waiting for my files to go up to the cloud and then back either.
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Whether or not the next-generation iPhone hardware supports LTE 4G....

It makes no sense for the upcoming iPhone to support LTE.

AT&T has no LTE network (and Verizon's network is very limited). LTE doesn't support voice yet and is focussed only on data devices like the iPad, yet Apple didn't go that way with the iPad.

I'm interested in the iPhone 4.... especially what the next chip enables (will it be the A4?)... but it won't be an iPhone 4G
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Not that 21mbps can be reached - I honestly never noticed a change, but then I have a 3g sans S.
http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/iphone-...-hspa-network/

Bellus introduced HSPA+, too, back in November 2009. So let's hope the next iPhone will be able to take advantage of such speed.

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It makes no sense for the upcoming iPhone to support LTE.

AT&T has no LTE network (and Verizon's network is very limited). LTE doesn't support voice yet and is focussed only on data devices like the iPad, yet Apple didn't go that way with the iPad.

I'm interested in the iPhone 4.... especially what the next chip enables (will it be the A4?)... but it won't be an iPhone 4G

I don't think there are any LTE modules for phones yet. I don't think anyone is getting them until 2011.


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Bellus introduced HSPA+, too, back in November 2009. So let's hope the next iPhone will be able to take advantage of such speed.

Which phones from Bellus offer 21Mbps 3G radios?
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It makes no sense for the upcoming iPhone to support LTE.

AT&T has no LTE network (and Verizon's network is very limited). LTE doesn't support voice yet and is focussed only on data devices like the iPad, yet Apple didn't go that way with the iPad.

I'm interested in the iPhone 4.... especially what the next chip enables (will it be the A4?)... but it won't be an iPhone 4G

Not exactly. Verizon's 4g will be up & coming this summer & already supports 3g VOIP ON THE NETWORK, not on wifi (skype anyone).

Though your correct on at first seeing only data devices.
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funny..werent apple hiring CDMA knowledgeable people a while ago? So people see this, they assume "Apple must be getting ready for 4G"...but yet people are 100% sure that Apple wasnt getting ready for CDMA? Again to all of you who say Apple will never go to VZW until they have LTE in many markets, remember this...VZW has full intentions on still keeping their CDMA network for voice, so it will be apart of their phone for a very long time. Speculations...speculations...anyone else wish it were June already?
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If you want 4G, you have to WAIT for LTE Advanced -- come on AI -- at least get your FACTS STRAIGHT! Plain LTE is NOT 4G!
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If you want 4G, you have to WAIT for LTE Advanced -- come on AI -- at least get your FACTS STRAIGHT! Plain LTE is NOT 4G!

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