Apple seems to be in the process of hiring automotive engineers based in China. The news stems from a Chinese website, carnewschina.com who noticed a head-hunting job listing posted by an HR professional who claims to work for Apple China, on the professional social networking site, Linkedin in the 'China Automotive Professional Group.'
According to the aforementioned Chinese website, the headhunting firm Allegis-BN based in Shanghai, is supposedly looking for a recruit to fill a position for an undisclosed Apple project.
The original post on Linkedin read:
"Apple (China) Looking for SQW/NPI with over 4 years Mechanical engineering background familiar with CNC/die casting/stamping/plastic injection, can use APQP/PPAP/SPC to control product quality."
It should be noted that while the job listing mentions Apple, the Shanghai based Allegis-BN does not include the iPhone maker as a customer on it's client list webpage. Having said that, we all know that Apple is the God of hiding future products and not a single soul on the planet gets to know about Apple's plans until the product is packaged neatly in a sparkling white box.
And to a larger extent, the speculated move from Apple does make sense considering Mercedes recent announcement of its intention to use the Apple iPhone's Siri voice-activated technology into further modes, starting with the A-Class. Brabus, has already fitted their Mercedes iBusiness S-Class with Apple products. Cadillac already has shown an i-Pad-like media for future models that mimics the tablet's gesture-based control. Volkswagen's top officials did meet Steve Jobs in 2007 to discuss a possible future tie-up. While nothing was public announced, Apple products kept showing up in VW concept cars at various international auto shows. Adding to that, there are tons of aspiring entrepreneurs and Apple freaks who are taking matters into their own hands by developing their own in-dash head units to install the iPhone or the iPad.
While the job listing does not necessarily prove that Apple is about to break all hell loose in the automotive world but it certainly hints at bigger and better things to come from Apple's garden. There is no way to get any official confirmation on the issue, so for the time being we would like to sit on this exciting rumor until someone leaves us with some more exciting clues.
Oh yeah, Ford had recently introduced the Ford SYNC in-car infotainment system that is powered by Apple's infamous rival, Microsoft. Good luck with that, bro.
Source - carnewschina.com