Apple Building Unified Cloud Platform for iCloud, iTunes, Siri and More – Mac Rumors

Apple is reportedly placing more emphasis on open source software in an attempt to attract open source engineers that can help improve its web services, but it remains to be seen how far the company shifts away from its deep culture of secrecy.

via Apple Building Unified Cloud Platform for iCloud, iTunes, Siri and More – Mac Rumors.

That’s encouraging. Mesos, in particular, seems crucial to cloud-app work. Apple’s ResearchKit (http://www.apple.com/researchkit/) also uses open source. Perhaps this bend toward open source–beyond BSD–reflects Cook’s pragmatism, as opposed to Jobs’ mania for control. Or perhaps just that open source, especially in cloud infrastructure, is the logical, and increasingly best choice. (Recall that Apple used and may still use Azure. Apple can be very pragmatic, and is, especially under Cook, who is considered without peer when it comes to enterprise logistics and strategy.)