appleneonIt has become common for big tech companies from Silicon Valley and San Francisco to open branch offices in the Seattle region, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Oracle, HP, and many others. In many cases, the offices are engineering centers, boosting the ability of each company to recruit developers in the region.

So where the heck is Apple?

That’s the question raised by developer Gus Mueller, founder of Flying Meat Software, in this post over the weekend. He noted the large population of developers in the Seattle region experienced in Apple’s Cocoa framework for iOS and OS X development, and the frequency with which Apple attempts to recruit these developers to California.

Yes, Apple traditionally keeps things close to the vest in Cupertino. But Mueller says the company should break with tradition and open its own engineering center here.

“I know the usual responses: secrecy, being face to face is important, it is against Apple’s DNA. But you know what? Apple needs quality developers in a bad way, so I think it’s time for that special DNA to evolve,” he writes.

He adds, “Hire a manager, and open an Apple developer office in Seattle. There are plenty of places across the country where Apple has offices for historical reasons or acquisitions. Why not have a remote office on purpose this time?

Read his full post here.

The topic of Apple in Seattle also came up last week in the context of the redevelopment plan for the Yesler Terrace property east of downtown Seattle, and the desire for a large tech company as an anchor tenant.

It’s an interesting idea, but pretty unlikely. Setting up shop in Microsoft and Amazon country is probably not the first item on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s to-do list, even if it could boost the company’s recruiting prospects.

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  • Guest

    What would they do here? iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 are done, iTV and iWatch have been cancelled, and Mac OS X 10.10 is already being pressed. What would Apple need to do in Seattle?

    • panacheart

      Because surely they have no product plans after those that you mention. That’s the end of their innovation.

      • Guest

        I disagree. Their innovation ended about 3 1/2 years ago. Ever since then, the man in charge takes current products and makes them bigger, smaller, thinner, or more current-processory. As a retailer they’re doing well. As a dev company? Well, the results speak for themselves.

  • CarbonRiver

    Beyond Apple’s mystic DNA, isn’t there a just a fundamental mismatch in experience/expertise in terms of enterprise vs. consumer products? Almost all of the companies that are listed as having branch officers are either enterprise or cloud focused, whereas Apple is still a solidly consumer focused shop. Long-term it is the best thing that Seattle has going for it over the valley is that the resources here aren’t consumer facing. It’s not as sexy but it does a good job of consistently paying the bills whenever the VC funds decide again to retrench for a year or two.

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