Apple Hires Veteran Cable Executive as an Engineering Director
The cable television industry veteran Jean-François Mulé will take an engineering position at Apple for an undisclosed project which rekindles speculation that the Cupertino California company is further developing a set-top cable box. He revealed his new position in a post to his LinkedIn page recently noting that he started working at Apple in September. Under the Experience column, Mulé said he would be “challenged, inspired and part of something big” in his role as an Engineering Director.
The hire was confirmed by Mulé’s most recent employer CableLabs, which is now looking to fill the outgoing executive’s former position of Senior VP of Technology Development. For those of you who didn’t know, Mulé has a pedigree in cable technology and most recently worked for two years as CableLab’s SVP of Technology Development. During his time there, he founded the firm’s San Francisco office which is currently building out a new research and development center in Sunnyvale, California.
According to Multichannel, Mulé was involved in several high-profile initiatives including CableLabs’ DOCSIS 3.0 program and the creation of APIs for so-called “second screen” video apps. As of right now, it’s unclear what Apple may have in mind with its new hire but the company has recently been aggressively updating the Apple TV software to include more channels and content. Rumors are claiming that Apple is looking to disrupt the cable set-top box market with a unique streaming device that ties in iCloud and possibly iOS devices to create a cohesive ecosystem. Other rumors point towards a next-gen Apple TV in the works and hitting store shelves in the near future. Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see.