On the Internet, Apple was never seen as a first-choice option for cloud services, nor was it for less, after all, launches such as the late MobileMe testified against it. However, five years ago, when Apple quietly acquired a company called Siri, the general public focused its attention on what could simply compete with Google in searches, like a virtual assistant rivaling Now.
This product came to the iPhone 4s a year later, in 2011. Another part of the so-called “virtual intelligence stuff” that Steve Jobs (at the time of Apple) mentioned in public came this year, as part of iOS 9. And now, theThe Information cites having knowledge of the company's plans to build a new cloud computing platform, using the same technology that has made Siri evolve over the past few years on iPhones, iPads and iPods touch.
Over the years, Apple has made great strides in building its virtual assistant. One of the most recent was to move its execution to an environment based on Apache Mesos, open source software designed to orchestrate infrastructure resources and make them easily accessible for large-scale development. Although it was originally awarded for use with Linux operating systems, Mesos is a project that is underway under a lot of influence from Apple; Incidentally, it is even possible to host it on Macs for use.
According to the articleThe Information, this scenario has been beneficial in attracting those interested in working on the project, but Apple's approach makes it difficult to retain them due to the differences between the profiles on both sides. Developers open-sourcefully value the public authorship of the contributions they make and, as the work with Siri resulted in the creation of a proprietary software layer for the company, it limits the return of this to the Mesos source code. This is believed to improve over time, as the company merges different open source components into its new solutions.
For what Apple offers today, a centralized cloud would host both iCloud and iTunes, where its largest audiences are on the internet, in addition to its portals and other specialized services, such as Siri and Maps itself all built on the same platform. . There is a lot of technological difference between the different offers, as they have been developed by different teams in the past. The oldest code base in activity belongs in part to the iTunes Store, maintained based on WebObjects, an API that Apple abandoned for external use in 2009.
Expanding research with maps
During this centralization mentioned in rumors, Apple should also further expand the offerings of its map service, which received support for public transport routes on iOS 9. Sources in Europe warn of an expansion of the company's research and development areas located in Switzerland, who would be working on advanced technologies to be incorporated into it.
It is not yet known for what purpose this group would be growing in Europe, but in addition to working with news, there is space for several initiatives to fill limitations of the current functionality of Maps in many countries. In addition, a fleet of vans equipped with data collection equipment has been circulating the old continent for months, which many bet on the elaboration of a competitor for Google Maps' Street View.
(via 9to5Mac, MacRumors)