Always looking to bolster it’s cadre of industry experts, Leo Laporte tweeted on Wednesday morning that Apple had hired Tomlinson Holman to run Apple’s audio initiatives.
Now who is Tomlinson Holman and why should you care?
Well, Holman an acclaimed audio engineer and the mastermind behind Lucasfilm’s THX sound system. Further, Holman developed the world’s first 10.2 surround sound system. Holman currently teaches film sound at USC while his book Sound for Film and Television is often required reading in college film course curriculum’s.
In 2007, Holman was awarded the IEEE masaru Ibuka Award which is given annually to people recognized for their contribution to consumer electronics.
Now as to what Holman will exactly be doing while running audio at Apple remains to be seen, but this is certainly a promising hire. Not to get all soap boxy, but while many folks seem to have the misconception that Steve Jobs is Apple and that the company will wither away and die in his absence, the truth is that Apple is a huge corporation with over 24,000 employees, many of which include some of the brightest engineers in the world in their respective fields. The hiring of Holman serves to reinforce the fact that Apple’s products are the result of talented engineers who work hard to help develop the products that so many people love to use.