Like other tech companies that run Web services, Apple has long relied on open source software. But unlike most others, Apple has largely done so secretly, hampering its hiring and causing other problems. Now some within Apple are hoping that is going to change.
The tech firm is developing a technology platform that can power all of its Web services, such as iCloud and iTunes, which have long run on separate tech platforms, say people briefed on the effort. The new platform is based on the one Apple developed to run Siri which uses open-source infrastructure software called Mesos.