Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has apparently poached Kevin Lynch, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)’s chief technology officer. But just what does the tech giant have planned for him? After all, there were some very public clashes between Lynch and Steve Jobs over Adobe Flash.
Several media outlets are speculating about what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have in store for Lynch. Apple Insider points out that there are other projects other than Flash that Lynch has worked on. In fact, he has links with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in his past. For example he developed software for the very early Mac computers.
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Also as Apple Insider points out, his biography on Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)’s website indicates that he was once at General Magic, one of Apple’s spin-off companies back in the 1990s. In addition, Lynch worked on the first Mac version of Frame’s FrameMaker software, which Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) later acquired.
Bloomberg speculates that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could be looking toward adding more subscription based services, which more than one analyst has said could be the key to the company making a rebound. The publication interviewed Forrester Research analyst Jeffrey Hammond, who said Adobe has “done a good job” moving its products into the cloud and building subscription based services. Hammond also said that it could enable Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to be able to compete with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in ways it never could before.
Lynch leaves Adobe at the end of the week. He has been with the company since 2005 when it acquired Macromedia.
Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are trading mostly flat early Wednesday morning.