Apple advertises job listing for 'flexible display' engineer, quickly pulls post

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple on Wednesday took down a job listing it posted in early April looking for a hardware engineer with experience in flexible displays, suggesting that the company is actively researching the advanced technology only now emerging in the consumer marketplace.

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The listing, originally posted on April 1 at the company's Jobs at Apple webpage, sought a "Senior Optical Engineer" who has experience with emerging technologies, including flexible displays. Apple's post corresponds to recent rumors that a so-called "iWatch" would soon be brought to market, with the wristwatch-like device thought to sport a "curved display."

According to the now pulled post, Apple is actively recruiting for "a Display Specialist to lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible displays."

Judging by the job summary and required duties, Apple appears to be researching how to best build a device with a high-quality flexible display. On the other hand, the company could merely be looking to study its options in how to best deploy such a product should the need arise.

Rumors regarding the iWatch have been making the rounds over the past few months, with rumblings pointing to an ergonomic wearable device featuring a curved screen. In February, AppleInsider discovered a patent detailing a wrist-worn unit with a flexible display, providing concrete evidence that Apple is at least investigating such a device.

Stoking the flames is another patent filing for an iPhone boasting a seamless wraparound screen. While interesting, this property is not thought to become a viable product in the near future.

It is not clear why Apple pulled the job listing, though it could be that the company has found a suitable candidate for the position.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    MacShirt Pro. it's coming.
  • Reply 2 of 13
    So...9 days is "pulls it quickly"? OMG, a job advert was pulled after a reasonable amount of time for somebody to have applied and been interviewed!!!!!!!
  • Reply 3 of 13
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    So...9 days is "pulls it quickly"? OMG, a job advert was pulled after a reasonable amount of time for somebody to have applied and been interviewed!!!!!!!
    Seems a bit odd that it was pulled after[/] it hit the blogs. I suppose its possible that was just a coincidence...
  • Reply 4 of 13
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,217member
    rogifan wrote: »
    Seems a bit odd that it was pulled after[/] it hit the blogs. I suppose its possible that was just a coincidence...

    Or perhaps all the blog talk lead to a bunch of quack submissions and they pulled it to shut that down.
  • Reply 5 of 13
    Apple pulled the ad since it was worded incorrectly. It was supposed to be a position for someone with experience in marketing and "creating reality distortion fields to instill a belief that Apple displays are the best" in the minds of people using iOS devices.

    Silly people. Apple doesn't employ engineers - only marketers.
  • Reply 6 of 13

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post





    Or perhaps all the blog talk lead to a bunch of quack submissions and they pulled it to shut that down.




    ... or it's a feint.

  • Reply 7 of 13
    solsunsolsun Posts: 763member
    It was posted on April fools day.. hmmmm....
  • Reply 8 of 13
    Samsung has a lot of experience in flexible OLEDs. Just buy it from them ;)
  • Reply 9 of 13
    dmarcootdmarcoot Posts: 191member
    Apple pulled the ad since it was worded incorrectly. It was supposed to be a position for someone with experience in marketing and "creating reality distortion fields to instill a belief that Apple displays are the best" in the minds of people using iOS devices.

    Silly people. Apple doesn't employ engineers - only marketers.


    Apple patent filings alone prove you wrong. Never mind the hardware designs they do which are years ahead of the industry, clearly by your thinking they out source that.

    Most idiotic post today. Congrats.
  • Reply 10 of 13
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,666member
    dmarcoot wrote: »
    Apple patent filings alone prove you wrong. Never mind the hardware designs they do which are years ahead of the industry, clearly by your thinking they out source that.

    Most idiotic post today. Congrats.
    No, he is right. The Apple product in front of you only gives an illusion of being great. It's all perception. Marketing at its finest. Apple may employ the odd marketing engineer, but that's all. I think you are the one that should congratulated. /
  • Reply 11 of 13
    dmarcoot wrote: »
    Apple patent filings alone prove you wrong. Never mind the hardware designs they do which are years ahead of the industry, clearly by your thinking they out source that.

    Most idiotic post today. Congrats.
    It appears you don't grasp the concept of sarcasm.
  • Reply 12 of 13

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by priced4evil View Post



    So...9 days is "pulls it quickly"? OMG, a job advert was pulled after a reasonable amount of time for somebody to have applied and been interviewed!!!!!!!




    Considering it takes them 2 weeks to update a webpage when they are asked by the law, I would say that yes, 9 days is a pretty quick response for Apple.

  • Reply 13 of 13


    Samsung does all the R&D.


    Apple only hired this guy to implement Samsung's flexible display in their future devices, not make one. Apple is an assembler, not an engineer.

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