Nice find by Jeff Baumgartner over at Multichannel News, spotting the Linkedin profile of Jean-François Mulé who went over to Apple in September after holding the title of Senior VP of Engineering at Cablelabs.
While it looks like Mulé had a number of functions over at Cablelabs, it looks like much of his work over the past 5 years was developing standards and software for both Wi-Fi and IP voice in the cable space. His most recent post was establishing the Silicon Valley office for Cablelabs and heading up startup outreach, as well as working on a Wi-Fi app for “mobile crowdsourcing”, whatever that means.
Now, anytime Apple hires someone from an adjacent industry there will be speculation, but given all the rumors flying around about Apple’s interest in the TV space, this one is especially interesting. Now Mulé’s background is heavy on wireless and voice technology architecture development, not as much around video, but that doesn’t mean he could be part of an initiative by Apple to create a wireless streaming device for entertainment or possibly more.
Now I have no doubt Apple is working on expanding its efforts in TV. I think the Apple TV in its current form could be improved, and while I don’t think Apple needs a TV set to recreate the living room, I think an innovative service model from Cupertino delivered using an interesting multiscreen delivery model is something they’ll eventually offer up.
And chances are Mulé is part of those efforts.