Several job postings on Apple’s site has revealed that the company plans to push their new Thunderbolt high speed IO to the masses. Two of the job posting are for a “Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer” possition, and the third opening for a “Thunderbolt Firmware/Software Engineer.” These job posting ask for all of the obvious technical […]
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Job Posting Shows That Apple Is Planning To Expand Thunderbolt’s Reach

E13754FD-BDB0-4504-A147-9110181B187E.jpgSeveral job postings on Apple’s site has revealed that the company plans to push their new Thunderbolt high speed IO to the masses. Two of the job posting are for a “Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer” possition, and the third opening for a “Thunderbolt Firmware/Software Engineer.”

These job posting ask for all of the obvious technical experience you would expect, such as “five years of quality assurance testing”, but more interestingly is that Apple reveals what they plan to do with these people. Specifically, the vague statement of “Includes development of new products plus refinement and maintenance of past products”. A candidate for the firmware engineer position would also ideally have experience with ARM architecture.

What product does Appel ship that uses ARM architecture? That’s right, their iOS devices. This could mean somewhere along the line, we could see Thunderbolt connectivity coming to iPhone, iPad, and iPods. In fact, a patent surfaced just yesterday suggesting much the same thing.

Nothing too terribly jarring to be seen here, but we do know that Apple is pushing forward on this. As their different Mac lines are refreshed throughout the year, expect Apple to introduce Thunderbolt to all of them. Currently the only Macs to ship with Thunderbolt are the New MacBook Pros that were introduced earlier this year. After Thunderbolt is rolled out on all of their machines, I expect the same connectivity to come to iOS devices.

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