Jean-Francois mule

Apple has hired cable industry veteran, and former CableLabs executive, Jean-François Mulé for a new engineering director position, according to a new report from Multichannel News. He was the company’s SVP of Technology Development.

According to his LinkedIn page, Mulé has been working at Apple since late last month. And in his job description he notes that he is “challenged, inspired and part of something big.” So what’s he working on? Let’s take a look at his background…

Here’s the report from Multichannel:

“Before joining Apple, Mulé spent the last two years as senior vice president of technology development at CableLabs, where he founded the organization’s San Francisco office (CableLabs is in the process of building out a new R&D outpost/innovation center in Sunnyvale).

During his earlier career at CableLabs, Mulé also served as VP of IP technologies and services, director of the PacketCable Architecture, and chief architect. During that span, he ran or helped spearhead several projects, including PeerConnect, the cable industry’s peering registry, a development program for cable industry-focused wireless services (Wi-Fi gateways, device management, inter-operator Wi-Fi roaming, and mobile offload services using femtocells and Wi-Fi), and was involved in several high-profile, IP-based CableLabs programs such as DOCSIS 3.0 and APIs for second screen video apps.”

Though Apple continues to refer to its TV efforts as a ‘hobby,’ it has long been rumored to be working on either a full-blown television set, an advanced set-top box with cloud-based DVR, or both. But neither product has materialized thus far.

The company has been making some big strides on the content side, though. In the last 6 months, it has added several new channels to its current Apple TV lineup including WatchESPN, HBO GO, SkyNews, Major League Soccer, and more.

  • Chris Holden

    iTv!

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      Definitely not on the bucket list. At least with the name. Apparently there is a company in Europe that has a product called iTV that they have trademarked. That’s why Apple called AppleTV the way it is.

      • dialogueanalog

        Vitya, It is not a product it is a channel in England called iTV. I think the name has to be a bit better than that though from apple.

  • Leviscus Tempris

    Leaves me feeling like apple is going to hit us with a lot of stuff in the next few years.

    • Juan Herrera

      i agree. I’ve been saying for some time there finally gonna expand their product line and take a step forward towards become a global competitor for the big companies we already know

  • Maze

    Apple will develop a wireless tv. Just plug in the power cable and you’re good to go. Cable television will now be streamed through wifi protocol.

    • Moi

      I like your profile pic

      • Maze

        Thanks lol

    • And it will be 3x the price

      • Maze

        Yeah, I don’t doubt it. But you get what you pay for. Nobody implements a fully wireless television as of now. Of course this is all speculation. But as an Electrical Engineer working for a company, this is the general direction we’re moving toward and expect Apple to be doing the same.

  • we will wait and we will see something great as always