Apple is on the hunt for a new iOS Communications Application Engineer who will be responsible for implementing new features into FaceTime and iMessage, “taking the revolutionary iPhone to the next level.” The position is based at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, according to a new job listing on the company’s website.
As is always the case, Apple’s advert is very vague about what exactly its new engineer will be tasked with. It is looking for “a proactive, highly motivated engineer with 1+ years experience, to share their expertise in application and framework development.”
“You will be responsible for implementing new features to our existing FaceTime and iMessage applications as well as developing complex applications from top to bottom (user interface design to design and implementation of supporting frameworks)” the ad reads.
The ad, which was discovered by AppleBitch, has led to speculation that Apple is looking to significantly improve FaceTime and iMessage for its upcoming iOS 7 release. Both features, particularly iMessage, have been hugely popular among iOS users, and Apple often promotes them in its marketing for iOS devices.
But there’s certainly room for improvement, especially when it comes to FaceTime. If Apple wants to compete with services like Skype, then it’ll need to add a number of features that are currently missing, such as group video calling.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 at WWDC this June, ahead of its release alongside the iPhone 5S later this fall.