The job listing, which first emerged on April 1 before being hastily removed earlier this week, has suggested that the Samsung and Sony rival could be about to introduced its first flexible display hosting devices, a feature previously rumoured to appear on its future smartphones.
With iPhone 6 concept designs appearing in recent days showcasing a curved, edge-to-edge flexible display hosting handset, as highlighted by recently filed Apple patents, further reports have hinted that the heavily mooted Apple iWatch will also support a flexible screen.
“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,” Apple’s job listing read.
Whilst the references to flexible display technologies is sure to excite, mention of experience with AMOLED screens hints that the inbound “Senior Optical Engineer” could also work on the repeatedly rumoured Apple iTV, a device previously tipped to sport AMOLED screen.
Despite these reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently went on record as an AMOLED hater, stating that such screens are below par and not in Apple’s future plans.
“Some people use OLED displays, the colour saturation is awful,” Cook said in a recent interview. “The Retina display is twice as bright as an OLED display. I only bring these points up to say there are many attributes to the display, and what Apple does is sweat every detail. We care about all of them and we want the best display.”
Whilst talk of an iPhone 6 has generated much consumer interest, the expected Apple iWatch has also caught the eye of many, with what is rumoured to be Apple’s first wearable gadget expected to spark a new trend in high-profile techy wristwear.
According to further Apple patents, the Apple iWatch could be a “wearable accessory device” that features a “bi-stable spring with flexible display.” What’s more, the manufacturer mused that the gadget could potential play host to a “kinetic energy-gathering component” that will allow users to generate their own battery power through movement and use.