Research in Motion (RIM) is looking to recruit a senior iOS developer for its BlackBerry platform in a move that suggests the firm is looking to make dedicated versions of some of its core applications for the iPhone and iPad.
The news stemmed from a job post on RIM's LinkedIn page, which has since been removed, that reportedly promised the successful candidate would create BlackBerry products for iOS devices.
Reuters reported that the successful candidate was expected to "create exciting enterprise applications for distribution on the iOS platform" and will need to be "capable of architecting, designing, developing and testing complex applications for iPhone and iPad devices".
Speaking to V3 a BlackBerry spokesperson confirmed the post had been live and was related to its Mobile Fusion software.
"RIM announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion on 29 November, 2011 and the job posting referred to in some media articles is to help continue the development of this product offering," they said.
Due to be released in March, Mobile Fusion is designed to allow businesses and governments to manage Apple and Android devices in the same way they do BlackBerry handsets.
Despite the clarification, the post has added to ongoing speculation that RIM is planning to port several of its popular services, such as BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), to Apple's platform in a bid to reverse its ailing financial fortunes.
In recent years RIM has seen its smartphone market share rapidly decrease, being overtaken by both Apple and Google.
The incurred financial damage was compounded when the company invested vast resources trying to break into the tablet market with its Playbook, which flopped.
Most recently, research from IDC reported that Apple iPhone sales have overtaken BlackBerry in the company's native Canadian market.
IDC reported Apple sold 2.85 million devices in 2011, beating RIM's 2.08 million sales.