Facebook’s smartphone ambitions have been rumored since quite sometime now, and the company has steadily made moves in that direction, by introducing the App Center, starting a payments platform and aggressively acquiring talent from startups and tech companies.
Continuing its talent acquisition efforts, Facebook has now hired Apple UI Design Manager Chris Weeldreyer as Product Design Manager at the company.
Weeldreyer worked at Apple for more than 8 years, and before that spent a couple of years at frogdesign, a design studio that had deep ties with Apple.
He’s been credited as one of the inventors in an Apple patent pertaining to spreadsheets.
According to his Linkedin profile, Weeldreyer had experience in both hardware and software product development, and specializes in industrial design, UI design, UX, interaction design and mobile apps.
This seems like the perfect combination for Facebook’s desperate need to expand into the mobile space, both software and hardware. The New York Times’ Nick Bilton reported earlier this year about Facebook’s third attempt at developing a phone, and that the company had hired former Apple employees who worked on the iPhone and iPad. In fact, according to TechCrunch, Facebook currently has nearly 90 former Apple employees.
[via Inside Facebook]