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  • Facebook Hiring Former Apple iPhone Engineers for New Phone According to NYT



    Facebook’s IPO NASDAQ debacle isn’t stopping the company from using their new-found cash horde to collect a gaggle of former Apple engineers.

    Facebook has hired "more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone," and one engineer who worked on the iPad according to The New York Times in a report Sunday. As usual the NYT cited current Facebook employees who spoke off the record.

    The current attempt to cull former Apple talent to help design a Facebook phone isn’t the first attempt by Zuckerberg and company to make a phone. Facebook's current phone push may have been preceded by two other attempts to build a Facebook smartphone according to one of the NYT’s sources. If this is in fact the third attempt to bring a smartphone to market, at least Facebook is doing its best to secure top talent to make it a reality.

    Zuckerberg’s inspiration appears to stem from worries that without a smartphone or some piece of hardware that Facebook will always be an app. Or as is the case now, a collection of apps including dedicated camera and messenger applications. However, the $16 billion Facebook raised during their IPO might be better spent purchasing RIM or HTC outright.

    Facebook when questioned about their supposed smartphone efforts said the company is “working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers.”

    Source: The New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook Hiring Former Apple iPhone Engineers for New Phone According to NYT started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I can only imagine how many lawsuits over patent infringement this will bring with it being designed by iPhone engineers.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I can only imagine how many lawsuits over patent infringement this will bring with it being designed by iPhone engineers.
      True dat!
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Are they going to call theirs the fone?
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Facebook now have money to pour down the gutters from the poor people who bought their stocks.
    1. MacOSG's Avatar
      MacOSG -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Are they going to call theirs the fone?
      No. They are going to call it a fony.
    1. emtee25's Avatar
      emtee25 -
      Facefone??
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      I hope they make their own mobile OS
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      Because the ChaCha and Salsa weren't good enough? Ha!

    1. mustangfrnk's Avatar
      mustangfrnk -
      Really????
    1. DavidsonG's Avatar
      DavidsonG -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      I hope they make their own mobile OS
      They might.. but now their new aim is to buy opera and to make a new browser.