Cable industry veteran and former CableLabs executive Jean-François Mulé became an engineering director at Apple last month, and he’s hard at work on “something big.” His appointment comes just weeks before Apple is expected to unveil its latest Apple TV, and at a time when the Cupertino company has been working hard to improve the $99 set-top box.
But is Mulé part of something a little more exciting?
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mulé is “challenged, inspired and part of something big” at Apple.
He’s a cable industry expert and he spent the last two years at CableLabs founding its Bay Area office, which develops apps and startup engagement. He also has “knowhow that ties into the cable industry’s video, voice and data service platforms,” according to Multichannel News.
So what is Mulé doing at Apple?
Well, we know Apple is looking to carve out a bigger name for itself in the living room — whether that’s with an improved Apple TV or its own television set. Recent rumors have suggested the company will do that by reaching deals with cable operators to deliver cable channels in new ways.
Some suggest Apple wants to get in between cable operators and customers and revolutionize the way we watch TV. Mulé could be the man that helps them do that. He certainly has the expertise, but persuading cable providers to change the way they do business could be a tricky task.
Whatever the big project may be, Apple’s expansion into the living room will be well worth keeping an eye on. Tim Cook admitted during an interview with AllThingsD back in May that television was an area of “intense interest” for Apple, and he noted that the current TV experience is not one that very many people love.
Apple is almost certainly working to change that.