Apple Seeking Software Engineer for Future User Interfaces

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    This Apple Job description (as noted by Daringfireball) invites qualified software engineers to apply for a job at Apple working on new technologies and user interface concepts.
    Of course, the job description is understandably vague, but does seek out applicants specifically with "strong interest in human-computer interaction" and "a proven ability to bring new user interface concepts to life".

    After the introduction of the multi-touch iPhone and a series of patent applications exploring alternative input methods, it seems that Apple has been paying a lot of attention to the future of user interfaces. Many of the recent patent applications focus on advanced gesturing and unique touch surfaces.

    There's been some suggestion that the upcoming sub-notebooks might see some touchpad improvements, though this has been particularly vague.

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  2. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Cameras, eh?

    Return of the QuickTake? :D

    So, does this mean "multi-touch for iPhone" and cameras and remote controls, or is Apple possibly working on a whole new way to interact with cameras and remote controls?
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    Quite important job position since UI is one of Apple's strongest assets.
  4. macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
  5. macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

    Jun 30, 2007
    If only I was 10 years older... unless they take 16 year olds lol :(

    It'd sort out my green card application too and make my future move to the US a LOT easier lol
  6. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2007
  7. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    well maybe eventually we'll see multi-touch on an apple notebook?
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2001
    I think we'll see elements of multitouch, but on the pad not the screen. Imaging pinching the track like on the phone, and zooming iPhotos etc.
  9. macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Didn't apple say they were toying with the idea of multi-touch in macs? surely this position could just be for research, lets not get our hope up too much people...

    And surely cameras just means the built in iSight?
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    I was just jokingly describing this in a post under the Tom Tom thread.
    As many have described, one of the advantages of a (more or less) buttonless interface (like an iPhone or Touch) is that software basically (and I use that word lightly) determines the device's functionality.

    I could easily see a new application on the Home screen that, once pressed, converts the iPhone (or Touch) into an :apple:TV remote.
    That + a movie rental service might actually get me to make the plunge into :apple:TV land. Otherwise the incentive is pretty low, at present.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

    Jun 30, 2007
    Apple UMPC interface perhaps? MacBook Nano would be a good name (MacBook Mini for the upcoming smaller MB).

    See here It's a mock-up but if it were simply made to be the same as this it would rock.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2007
    I could do without the cd (or blu-ray) drive. Removable flash would be awesome! And imagine if that thing had a flexible screen and that when its not in use you could fold the entire unit in half!! I would set the fastest record of placing a pre-order in history! :D
  13. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Not if safari crashed!

    Yeh, I do think that camera=isight. I reckon that we'll be able to move windows and stuff like that with mid-air gestures (camera mapping movements).

    I also think a multi-touch trackpad would be excellent.
  14. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    I think Apple, and many other companies, are always looking for engineers for future UI work. I mean, they're not going to say, "Seeking a Software Engineer to work on a UI made 7 years ago." I think this engineer will be put to good use, but I don't think it's indicative of a brand new project or something.
  15. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
    This is absolute proof that the iPhone will be completely scrapped and replaced with something completely new and different! Or else not.
  16. Guest

    Jul 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    automatic file saving

    With all the advances in computers, operating systems, and user interfaces, why do **I** still have to remember to tell the computer to save my documents? Give me an application or operating system that knows my document is important enough to save if it's important enough to create! This is what I love about the Palm platform. There's no need to manually save anything because the OS takes care of that. When will OS X catch up to that concept? Having to manually save documents and files is so...80s.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2006
    Long Island, NY
  18. macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2005
    Have you never heard of auto save?
  19. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    That part is VERY easy. The hard part is building an application smart enough to know that the reason you are quitting is because you just messed up and want to quit and NOT save the document so that it will revert to it's un edited state. Or maybe the number yo entered into the spread sheet was just to see "what if?" but you did not want to change the "real" value in the cell.

    Time Machine kind of helps but we'd need a more fine grained version control system to allow for blindly auto-saving. With some kind of "undo" feature that work back across edit session then we'd have what you want
  20. macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I wish I were 10 years younger and OUT of the US : ) (And I'm only 25!)
  21. macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hmmm... Cameras... for motion tracking? Controls that are remote...

    Like this? (or this)

  22. macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    Actually, most of Apple's UI specialist are not engineers at all, but rather "Information" experts who have a variety of expertise such as design, human interactions, interactive programmers and more.

    I had a friend who applied for a UI position at Apple a few years back and went through 2 interviews. Most of the people he met in these departments came from a variety of backgrounds but according to him, engineers were not the ones making any of the initial layouts or blueprints for interfaces. Engineers were brought in later to projects — once functionality, flow, design, graphics, and so forth were nailed down. He said other firms he interviewed with seemed to work backwards from this method. They would have engineers "design" (he used that term loosely) their interfaces first, then bring in other people to "make it look and function right." He couldn't understand this thinking and frankly, neither do it. Apple apparently seems to put more effort into a UI than most companies in their fields and it shows.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    If a camera could track hand motions to identify windows and move them, I would be in awe.

    And, I would get some exercise! :)

    AND, I'd need a 60" display with stupid high resolution so that I could just do it all on the wall. Mate it with a projector, and your machine could hide in a box unseen.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    That's pretty much what Microsoft's Surface is all about ;)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    sounds like it could be for the LCD remote for the Apple TV that the other rumor today was about.

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