Update: On February 10, 2009 Apple added new China Job Postings …
Shanghai – EPM-Tooling and New Material/Process – The position will support multiple product lines from our Mac and iPod/iPhone Divisions
Shanghai – Reliability Engineer – The position is China based where extensive travel to different vendors is expected with occasional travel in Asia and US
Shenzhen – Supplier Quality Engineer – Will interface with Engineering, Operations, Quality teams with in Apple as well as multiple suppliers.
Update: On February 6, 2009 Apple posts for a retail sales manager in Hong Kong and positions (plural) for exceptional Hardware Design Engineers to join a fast paced Apple portable computers design team in Shanghai China, and participate in the development of Apple’s next generation portable computers.
Update: On February 5, 2009 Apple posts a PR Manager position to be located in Beijing. See job description below.
Update: On February 2, 2009 Apple posted two additional iPhone/iPod positions requiring either fluency in Mandarin or travel to China. See below
Just a bit of rambling guesswork … FWIW … On Jan 22, 2009 Apple posted a job for an RF Test Engineer to be located in Shanghai or Shenzen. An RF Test Engineer would most likely not need to be located in China unless they are testing a device on a domestic wireless network. China is precluding WiFi on authorized mobile handsets; consequently the mostly likely RF tests would be on one or more of the following 3G networks … TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, CDMA2000 or EDGE 2.5G. And the most likely device to be tested is an “official” iPhone in China. Thinking June for any real news.