By Mark Kleis
Friday, Mar 2nd, 2012 @ 12:02 am
 
Although virtually every new car now comes with iPod integration of some sort, Apple itself, the maker of the iPod, has yet to get directly involved with said integration.

But it appears that could possibly change as China Car Times came across a head hunting post on LinkedIn that suggests Apple is seeking a "Supplier Quality Engineer/New Product Integration supervisor with experience in CNC/die casting/stamping/plastic injection," according to a report by Jalopnik.

Should this applicant request be accurate, it could mean one of two things: either Apple is finally getting very serious about creating its own integrated products for the automotive space, or, the company is simply doing some minor testing or development of existing products or possibly for accessories to be used with existing products.

Should Apple truly seek to become a player in the automotive sector to the extent that its arch-rival Microsoft already is, the company will need to find an Apple-esque game-changing product to bust into a somewhat crowded space. One thing Apple could count on, however, is the fact that some of the world's largest automakers, including General Motors and Volkswagen, both lack ties to Microsoft's infotainment software or hardware currently found in products like Ford's Sync, Kia's UVO or Toyota's Entune.

It is also possible that the appearance of Apple products in both VW and Mercedes-Benz concept cars in the recent past could hint at a possible tie-up between the electronics giant and the automakers. For now, all we can do is sit and wait for something else to pop up as Apple is unlikely to spill the beans until they are good and ready.