Apple is in preparations to build its next gen. media apps for Windows

Apple has recently put forth a job listing, which was first published on the site Neowin, which was largely focussed on Microsoft lately. The company is looking towards hunting senior software engineers to help develop apps for Windows.

Apple has specifically stated that “experience with UWP is a big plus”. This hints at the suggestion that it is inclined to build UWP, that stands for ‘Universal Windows Platform’ versions of its indigenous Apple-only apps, which it plans to extend to Windows 10 users too.

The current existing Windows apps like iTunes and iCloud are still maintained by Apple, but these have undoubtedly grown old. These need an update, and it should not come as a surprise if users might soon be blessed with one. Given the current overhaul, users expecting updates in those apps is a sure thing.

Given that iTunes and iCloud have been conventional desktop applications, they need to be boosted up to be employed across other devices also. Previously in the current year, Apple had announced the splitting up of its iTunes app into three separate mac Operating System apps namely Podcasts, TV, and Music.

In mac OS Catalina, the iTunes app was removed and instead it was greeted with new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. But out of these apps, not a single one has arrived on Windows which means Windows users have to be content with just iTunes, that too one which is old and desperately seeks an update.

That being said, existing subscribers of Apple TV plus and Apple Music could not enjoy the media services on their Windows 10. They had to log in to the web page version for the same. As such, having UWP skilled software engineers and bringing in the ‘next generation of media apps for Windows’ was a dire need of the hour.

By having UWP, Apple would become equipped to have its apps on Windows platforms and also on Xbox One. This becomes all the more needed for Apple TV Plus as you currently cannot watch content from the old service on the Xbox One.

According to the job listing:
“The Media Apps team is looking for a creative Senior Software Engineer to work on the next generation of media apps for Windows. You will help build innovative features that will delight millions of customers around the world.
You possess strong skills in the areas of application design, solid API design principles and have a strong understanding of customer and workflow issues. You have a history of shipping large volume consumer product successfully. You are a well-rounded developer who is not afraid to question assumptions. You have excellent written and oral skills. You love collaborating under tight deadlines.
If you love music and you are passionate about writing code, and want to work with world-class engineering teams that ship to millions of users, the Media Apps team is the place for you.”

With this new addition, users that have Surface or Windows tablet devices will now be able to make use of apps from Apple’s services. However, the above particulars are mere speculations, and it is not yet clear if Apple is actually planning to bring its media apps over to windows too.

Whatever be the scenario, one thing is certain, with ‘Universal Windows Platform’ in place, Apple is up for a major overhaul with its recent invite to potential candidates, something that existing users have got a lot to be thankful for.

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