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Apple Advertises Job for Flexible Display Engineer

By - Source: via Apple Insider | B 9 comments

Job posting has since been pulled.

Over the last couple of months, there has been a ton of talk about Apple's supposed plans for a smartwatch. In February, word got out about a patent filing detailing a wearable accessory that could be worn on the wrist or elsewhere on the body. Most interestingly, the patent said that this device would have a flexible display and would wrap around a limb in a slap bracelet-like fashion. This wasn't the first time we'd heard whisperings regarding flexible displays from Apple.

Things have been relatively quiet on the smartwatch/flexible-display front as of late. Until today, that is. Apple Insider reports that Apple is on the hunt for an engineer that specializes in flexible displays. The company put up a job posting for the position earlier this month but pulled it on Wednesday.

"Apple Inc. is looking for a Display Specialist to lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible display to improve overall display optical performance," the posting seeking a Senior Optical Engineer read. 

Though the rumor mill has been churning out reports of an iWatch, the posting description is very general. While it's possible Apple is recruiting this person to work on one specific project, it's more likely that the company is hoping to explore the broader prospects of flexible displays.

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    The_Trutherizer , April 12, 2013 6:22 AM
    My greatest annoyance is that a slap on flexible screen watch is not a great leap of imagination, but they will probably patent it even though it is a logical step once flexible screens are available.
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    yobobjm , April 12, 2013 6:47 AM
    I suppose this is no surprise. Flexible screens are around, but no-one has brought them to market yet. Not that I would really like Apple to be that person....
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    jabliese , April 12, 2013 7:17 AM
    Lies, there is no such thing as a flexible engineer. It's all about the rules, baby.
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    Cons29 , April 12, 2013 8:28 AM
    LG or samsung better hurry up, or else apple might "invent" flexible screens
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    steved54321 , April 12, 2013 9:52 AM
    Samsung Already has this technology already.
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    steved54321 , April 12, 2013 9:52 AM
    Samsung Already has this technology already.
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    eijiyuki , April 12, 2013 5:37 PM
    Samsung already has the technology and Nokia already has prior art claims to it half a decade before Apple
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    eijiyuki , April 12, 2013 5:37 PM
    Samsung already has the technology and Nokia already has prior art claims to it half a decade before Apple
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    _Cubase_ , April 14, 2013 4:39 PM
    I agree, Samsung better hurry. I am tired of these companies, good companies, coming up with the ideas first, and then sitting around with their thumbs up their butts waiting for Apple to swoop in and claim they were the original "innovators". Come on people! If you have a good idea, actually release it! I would LOVE you see Apple taken back a peg or two!