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Apple Job Listings Hint at Plans for Revamped Online Store

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Apple's online store experience has remained relatively consistent for a number of years now, but a new hiring binge suggests that the company may be preparing to revamp the store from the ground up.

One job listing, which appeared late last week and hints at multiple available senior software engineering positions in the "Core Services" functionality of the store, explicitly references the "next-generation Apple Online Store".Help build the next-generation Apple Online Store!

We are looking for highly motivated, creative and entrepreneurial Software Engineers to deliver projects aimed at advancing the hugely successful Apple Online Store. We are looking for senior-level engineers with demonstrated experience delivering advanced solutions in a multi-tier, distributed environment.

Do you enjoy building highly scalable, distributed web applications? Do you get excited about performance tuning java applications at the limits of memory and CPU? Do you enjoy working with other high output engineers? If so, then join our team and make a difference!While Apple's online store is continuously evolving, making it arguable that the "next-generation" store comes about on a regular basis, the sheer number of positions being advertised suggests that something more may be going on. In late February, an earlier posting for senior engineers in Core Services appeared alongside two other listings looking for engineers focused on checkout services, while the company has also solicited for a host of other senior software engineer, software test engineer, content development manager, and senior-level portfolio manager positions for the store in recent weeks.

Apple is obviously hiring new staff to expand and replenish its ranks in support of existing programs on a regular basis and it can be difficult to separate out the rhetoric of human resources managers from Apple's true goals, but the recent surge seems quite out of the ordinary given the company's usual hiring trends, leading us to wonder whether Apple is taking steps to beef up its development teams to support a significant redesign of the online store in the months ahead.

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Full of Win

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Nov 22, 2007
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Ask Apple
Whatever they do to the online store is fine but... FIX THE WAIT TIMES IN THE WALK-IN STORES

Last time I went, with an appointment, they were 40 minutes late.
 
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paul4339

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They are going to put a recurring billing function that automatically charges you and sends you an iPad/iPhone each time a new model is released. ;)
cha-ching!
P.
 
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v66jack

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Apple have changed the way we use our phones.

They've changed the way we use tablets.

Are they about to change the way we do online shopping?
 
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acslater017

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The Apple online store is still the best in the business, in my opinion. Information about products is crystal-clear. The links between the product description pages and the store page are very easy to find. I've actually visited other electronics companies looking to buy a product (or at least look up the price) and gave up because I couldn't find the link to the store!
 
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0815

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here and there but not over there
As long as the don't takeaway the 'we'll be back soon' post-it whenever there is a new product, I'm fine with a redesign. Technically that is no longer necessary, but it adds to the nice buildup of excitement when new products are announced.
 
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BornAgainMac

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Pushing the limits of memory and CPU sounds like my job. Outdated server hardware struggling to handle today's data volumes. I suppose it will be harder to push the limits of memory and CPU at Apple if it is state of the art.
 
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ac4155

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full integration with an online-streaming iTunes and the App/Mac App store would be nice
 
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tambreet

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I wonder if they've finally perfected technology that will allow them to launch a product without bringing the entire store offline for an hour.
 
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Rocketman

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Do you get excited about performance tuning java applications at the limits of memory and CPU?
This indicates to me Apple is bumping up against the limits of CPU and memory now with surge demand events. As new services are offered over the internet in the proverbial cloud, they expect it to get worse not better, despite a large new data center.

It appears Apple is trying to minimize its hardware investment given the rapid pace of change of not only hardware, but offered services, and scale of customer base.

The more virtual it can become the more it can ramp in-place hardware to deal with surge demand or rapid uptakes beyond plans.

That way Apple need not cripple its offerings quite as much to fit within existing capital limits.

Apple remains 2 years or more ahead of wireless network build outs. Hence the NEED for high cost bundled voice plans on hardware that can function without it entirely, and high data plan rates and surcharges for high users. It is a network capitalization scheme.

Rocketman
 
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DavidLeblond

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They should make it more like their retail stores. You go in, pick your purchases, and then in order to click the "Check out" button you have to browse through several pages before finding the right color button and then you have to click on it really quickly before someone else does.
 
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Remingtonh

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Pushing the limits of memory and CPU sounds like my job. Outdated server hardware struggling to handle today's data volumes. I suppose it will be harder to push the limits of memory and CPU at Apple if it is state of the art.

they run it off a G3 B&W.
 
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epb87

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Apple have changed the way we use our phones.

They've changed the way we use tablets.

Are they about to change the way we do online shopping?

LOL

I wonder if they've finally perfected technology that will allow them to launch a product without bringing the entire store offline for an hour.

That would be nice. It seems that the only time I really want to access the store is when it is down...
 
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Kwill

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My guess is that Apple wants pages to format well on mobile devices so people can not only easily purchase software from the app store, but also hardware from the online store.
 
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DiamondGCoupe

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8F190 Safari/6533.18.5)

How is this a "hint" when it's in the description? Lol
 
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ghostlyorb

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I don't know when this job posting became available.. but it looks like everything is still running smoothly even with Steve out of the office. Good news!
 
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G4DP

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The Apple online store is still the best in the business, in my opinion. Information about products is crystal-clear. The links between the product description pages and the store page are very easy to find. I've actually visited other electronics companies looking to buy a product (or at least look up the price) and gave up because I couldn't find the link to the store!

You mean the big grey button that tells you to "BUY NOW"?

The Apple website is dated and a mess. Hopefully, as others have said, they'll find someone who can upload and replace pages instead of taking a site down for 6 hours to just change a few items.

Although as this has been this case for as long as I can remember I doubt hold out much hope.
 
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