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