iOS 7 – New APIs/Frameworks, Updated SDK Coming

Apple is seeking qualified personnel for developing and maintaining test APIs

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Apple is planning to beef up the next major version of its mobile operating system with a bunch of new APIs (application programming interface) and frameworks that will pave the way for the best mobile apps.

Apple is planning to beef up the next major version of its mobile operating system with a bunch of new APIs (application programming interface) and frameworks that will pave the way for the best mobile apps.

Apple has posted an advertisement on its Jobs site announcing that the Cupertino giant is seeking a software engineer for its iOS team “with strong development and QA skills.”

The new recruit will help Apple ensure that the iOS SDK (software development kit) “is able to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of developers producing the next great iPhone and iPad apps.”

This new staffer will develop and maintain a set of iOS test apps for APIs (new and old) that are released in the public iOS SDK.

“A significant amount of time will be spent working on feature bring-up for new APIs released to developers,” Apple notes.

“This includes developing the very first app to support new APIs/frameworks in the iOS SDK and also developing some of the accompanying web services, tools and test data sets needed to ensure the features works end-to-end for developers,” the company adds.

The iOS Frameworks QA Engineer will collaborate with different engineering teams across Apple’s software divisions “in order to ensure the quality of the APIs/frameworks meet our standards,” reads the ad.

The key qualifications required by Apple for this position are listed below.

- C, Objective-C or C++ programming skills.
- Ability to investigate and debug difficult problems.
- Creative thinker and strong problem solver.
- Experience developing with the iOS SDK is considered a plus.
- Experience with SDK/API testing is considered a plus.
- Automation and tools development considered a plus.

Apple also needs an iOS Software Engineer to be in charge with App Compatibility.

A separate job posting says, “The iOS Binary Compatibility team is looking for a curious, tenacious individual with great debugging, analytical, and development skills.”

This person will ensure that 3rd party iOS applications will continue to work with “future releases of iOS,” according to Apple.

The current version of Apple’s mobile OS is iOS 6. At WWDC 2013 in summer, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7.

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