Apple reportedly hires THX creator for audio job

Apple is said to have hired Tomlinson Holman, the creator of Lucasfilm's THX sound system, to head up the company's audio efforts.

Holman's 2007 title, "Surround Sound, Up and Running"
Tomlinson Holman's 2007 title, "Surround Sound, Up and Running" Amazon

Apple is said to have hired audio pioneer Tomlinson Holman to head up the company's efforts in sound.

The news, which has not been confirmed by Apple or Holman, comes from TWiT Network owner Leo Laporte who posted it in a Twitter update citing an anonymous source with "good authority" on the matter.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation on Holman's hiring.

Holman is currently a professor at the University of Southern California, and is the inventor of Lucasfilm's THX sound system. He also created the 10.2 sound system, and holds an Academy Award for technical achievement and an IEEE Masaru Ibuka Award.

Following his stint at Lucasfilm, Holman founded TMH Corporation, which provides "solutions to industry-wide problems," makes "things that have never before existed," and sets "world standards and pioneer(s) new markets." Holman is also the holder of 7 U.S. patents, and 16 patents in other countries, as well as the author of several books on audio.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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