I received a reference about 2 weeks ago. The email stated Apple world wide recruiting will get back to you based on your resume. Around that time I applied for two positions. I’m a bit confused because it took Google 2 days under the same circumstances. I have an interview coming up this week so I’m dying to hear back as I’d hate to make a decision before I hear from Apple.
Ya don’t wait up on a referral at Apple.. ask your contact to send the resume directly to the hiring manager, that might get stuff moving. The referral process is pathetic at Apple. Lyft, Facebook had systems in place where you get emails with updates about your referrals, etc.