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A new corporate job listing from Apple boasts of a "revolutionary" new feature for the foundations of Mac OS X that will "truly amaze everyone."

The new job listing posted this week and discovered by AppleInsider makes numerous references to a specific, singular feature said to be a part of the Mac OS X operating system. Of course, it declines to reveal what that feature could be, but the ad does use the word "revolutionary" on three separate occasions.

"Are you looking to help create something new? Something that has never been done before and will truly amaze everyone?" the job listing reads. "Are you excited by the prospect that what you helped create would be used every day by millions of Apple customers? Then come and work with us on the Mac OS X software engineering team to help build a new and revolutionary feature for Mac OS X."

The listing seeks a software engineer that has experience with developing Internet technologies and services, and also says that an 'exceptional candidate" would have experience with HTTP protocol and the architecture of large Web scale systems.

The posting could be interpreted to mean that Apple is beefing up personnel as it works hard on the next iteration of its desktop operating system platform, Mac OS X 10.7. So far, Apple has made no mention of its next-generation operating system.

Some were hopeful that Apple could show of Mac OS X 10.7 at this summer's Worldwide Developers Conference, even if just in the form of a limited demo. Instead, that event was all about the iPhone 4.

To create the secret new feature, Apple seeks to hire a senior software engineer to help craft the software which will be a part of the "very foundations" of Mac OS X.

"We have something truly revolutionary and really exciting in progress, and it is going to require your most creative and focused efforts ever," the listing days. The company wants to hire someone who has a drive to tackle "really hard" challenges that "have never been done before."

An ideal candidate for the job has a degree in computer science and five years of professional experience in developing C/C++/Objective-C libraries or frameworks for use on end user systems. Applicants with experiencing developing for Mac OS X and UNIX are desired.

Evidence of work on Mac OS X 10.7 came late last year, just a few months after the most recent version, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, shipped. AT the time, a new database entry for the open source "launchd" framework responsible for Mac OS X referenced "11A47." The numerical prefix of a Mac OS X build determines the version number, and 11A47 would imply an early version of Mac OS X 10.7.
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Simple: iOS Integration.
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3-D touch OS?
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Compatibility with Microsoft Office?
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Simple: iOS Integration.

I read the first few lines of this article and came to the same conclusion.

This should get interesting. I like the open nature of OS configurations as we have them...but a new day is coming. I will go out on a limb and state for the record that I think the iOS, for better or for worse, is the future of consumer computing, and possibly enterprise desktop computing.

The revenue options/revenue streams are not like anything the industry has ever experienced to date and I'm sure they're working hard on Apple's lead to bring those options to the desktop where everyone truly live and works.

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Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world? So Apple is working on some feature for Mac OS X, I'm assuming they just want someone extra on the Job and want an enticing Job description.
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I mean, they haven't even hired the guy, and we're already close to a year removed from 10.6.
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Blu-ray support? rofl

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Apple is just trying to get developers to work on OS X. Everything the company does is "amazing" and "revolutionary."


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I mean, they haven't even hired the guy, and we're already close to a year removed from 10.6.

I agree. I fully expected details of new features to be announced last June, and now they're finally hiring people for 10.7? Seems like every new release of OS X comes 50% later than the last.
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New antenna that shorts out when you touch it? lol
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I firmly believe that if its not 10.7 it will be the next one but will probably be OS XI with multi-touch incorporated at every level of the OS.

I mean it makes sense its only natural. But I pretty much saw this as soon the iphone was announced in 07.
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post #12 of 166
Their job postings are sounding like keynote speeches...
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Simple: iOS Integration.

You think?

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software engineer that has experience with developing Internet technologies and services, and also says that an 'exceptional candidate" would have experience with HTTP protocol and the architecture of large Web scale systems.

...I don't.

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I'm not going to speculate on what this might be, but I will say I'm delighted that the Mac is getting attention again.

Whilst the iPhone discussions have been interesting, and I love my iPad, my heart belongs to the Mac!
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Apple is just trying to get developers to work on OS X. Everything the company does is "amazing" and "revolutionary."

Yes, combined with another silly AI headline.
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Who the heck cares? It's obviously marketing fluff at this point.

We know that Apple will have something new in 10.7 (every previous OS has had something new, including 10.6). Apple regularly hires engineers. The fact that they're telling engineers that they will work on something new is complete non-news.
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iOS integration, rapid start, ssd backup drive,
turns on like any appliance
sequestered software, so crashes of total system minimized
no keyboard-laser projected fingers don't touch anything
magic tracpad keyboard
face recognition from the screen, no sign ins.
3d camera support for iChat
eye tracking, face tracking
ota, wireless use of iOS from nearby iphone, ipod touch
HTML5 auto emulation,
chocolate sauce, and M&M's
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Compatibility with Microsoft Office?

Ugh!

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Yes, combined with another silly AI headline.

You do know where you can go if you don't like it.
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Jensonb is on the right track I think. At first blush, yeah, touch integration. But when reading what the qualifications need to be, it has to be something different.
It might be the whole adverts in the OS thing.
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post #21 of 166
I'm pretty sure that feature is about running Mac OSX remotely.
You'll be able to use your iPad/iPod/iPhone to run a Mac OSX session via MobileMe.
You can also share that session on a real Mac where it is running as another OS (virtual) thread.

The future is mobile devices.
The future is also connected always-on computing.
Yet the present is the desktop OS.

How do you merge all these into one congruent user experience?
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Apple probably used the word "revolutionary" 3 times when they advertise for janitors. You are reading way too much into it.

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post #23 of 166
For those who mentioned it... the idea of a fully touchscreen version of OS X seems kind of dumb to me. Call me old fashioned, but the idea of reaching out with my arm all day and touching a screen doesn't seem efficient to me.

I can kind of see it on laptops I guess, but even then it would just seem like a novelty feature (probably an expensive one at that). You need to be able to type with a keyboard to do real work, and if you're going to have a keyboard, you might as well have a trackpad, and if you have both of those, why use a touchscreen?

Unless they completely change the UI in every way, I can't see how the current UI of OS X would handle touchscreen controls in any elegant fashion.

I'll just use my mouse/trackpad and keyboard....
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This is obviously going to be for OSX 10.8, not 10.7. There is not enough time to revolutionize the OS at the state they are at now. I'm guessing this is their 3D interface that will be OS 11, renamed something else entirely. It will use touch and gestures for interaction and will bring about a completely new UI (UX) that will be the next paradigm shift in computing.

Can't wait.
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I mean, they haven't even hired the guy, and we're already close to a year removed from 10.6.

Or maybe the feature in question is well along in development, and now by plan, staff turnover or sudden realization, they need to add another person to the team? Assumptions here are sometimes simplistic to the point of retardation. Sheesh.

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No more dashboard, but rather desktop widgets that are... wait for it..... iOS apps!

Yay! Win for App store and devs, they can reach out to a whole new corner of the market with existing software.
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Jensonb is on the right track I think. At first blush, yeah, touch integration. But when reading what the qualifications need to be, it has to be something different.
It might be the whole adverts in the OS thing.

That occurred to me, but I really don't see Apple reversing their whole 'premium user experience" business model so that they can make a bucks from ads.

I think it ties in with their new data centre.
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A seamless, automatic way of keeping documents synced between Mac and iPad, maybe?
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My bet is Apple wants to move to a multi-layered file system which integrates flash storage, local hard disk storage, and network storage all in the file system.

Basically, writes to the file system will first be written to flash storage and then later, copied to hard disk storage which would be mirrored to the cloud (network storage).

This would allow you to "log into" your data on any Mac connected to the cloud, but having the local flash and hard disks will "cache" the data for very fast local operation.

This would be the first OS where all data is stored in the cloud.
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That worked out so well for them.
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I would like to see the revolutionary feature be the removal of the lag when you adjust the volume!

My first Mac was a Powerbook G4 1.67Ghz and now it's the latest MacBook Pro Core i7 2.66Ghz and the same amount of lag on adjusting volume exists (not every time, but often).
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My bet is Apple wants to move to a multi-layered file system which integrates flash storage, local hard disk storage, and network storage all in the file system.

Basically, writes to the file system will first be written to flash storage and then later, copied to hard disk storage which would be mirrored to the cloud (network storage).

This would allow you to "log into" your data on any Mac connected to the cloud, but having the local flash and hard disks will "cache" the data for very fast local operation.

This would be the first OS where all data is stored in the cloud.

That would take an insane amount of time for file transfers to the cloud. Cool idea though.
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I mean, they haven't even hired the guy, and we're already close to a year removed from 10.6.

I imagine more than one person will be working on it and work has begun, they just need more staff.
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How do you merge all these into one congruent user experience?
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Would love it if that was the slogan.

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The listing seeks a software engineer that has experience with developing Internet technologies and services, and also says that an 'exceptional candidate" would have experience with HTTP protocol and the architecture of large Web scale systems.

Makes me think iChat with Face Time, which would be nice but disappointing.

Touch I can't see happening, I think they'd rather see touch on computers fail than end up copying a big feature from Windows 7.
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New antenna that shorts out when you touch it? lol

I hope you didn't just register to post that.
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Well, if they haven't even started on the feature yet then I guess we're out of luck seeing 10.7 before next fall.
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After all, Apple's ginormous, billion dollar, S.Carolina server farm is coming online over the next year, that would fit the timeframe.

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While that would be awesome, never gonna happen. Most people don't have the bandwidth to support it and broadband companies that have caps wouldn't allow it. A law would have to be passed requiring broadband companies to give everyone unlimited bandwidth.

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My bet is Apple wants to move to a multi-layered file system which integrates flash storage, local hard disk storage, and network storage all in the file system.

Basically, writes to the file system will first be written to flash storage and then later, copied to hard disk storage which would be mirrored to the cloud (network storage).

This would allow you to "log into" your data on any Mac connected to the cloud, but having the local flash and hard disks will "cache" the data for very fast local operation.

This would be the first OS where all data is stored in the cloud.
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My bet is Apple wants to move to a multi-layered file system which integrates flash storage, local hard disk storage, and network storage all in the file system.

Basically, writes to the file system will first be written to flash storage and then later, copied to hard disk storage which would be mirrored to the cloud (network storage).

This would allow you to "log into" your data on any Mac connected to the cloud, but having the local flash and hard disks will "cache" the data for very fast local operation.

This would be the first OS where all data is stored in the cloud.

Not sure I get the whole flash storage and local hard disk storage bit, but basically your saying the file system would sync. In which case been availiable for a while from Microsoft https://www.mesh.com/welcome/default.aspx (pic on the homepage sums it up), and I'm fairly certain they wernt the first.
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... This would allow you to "log into" your data on any Mac connected to the cloud, but having the local flash and hard disks will "cache" the data for very fast local operation...

Exactly what I'm thinking. And this would make audio and video rental/purchase transparent. Buy a movie, it shows up in your iTunes' "Purchased" page, and you can watch it. Objects like movie and music files could be remote-only. No need to download a copy to your local disk, which would take up space even though it might only be rarely watched, then have it get backed up by Time Machine, and be forced to copy it to a new Mac when you upgrade. It's still your copy, but you watch it through the cloud.

Cloud storage, as everyone keeps saying, would also reduce storage requirements on your local device, whether it's a desktop, laptop, or handheld. This brings down cost and complexity over time. And 10 years from now, Apple's profit center might need to shift from hardware to software and services (and yes, iAd). Hardware costs and margins are relentlessly dropping. It's the nature of the industry. By setting up a cloud-centric OS and device ecosystem, Apple is preparing itself for that future.

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