Apple iWatch rumours fuelled by flexible display expert job posting

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iwatch-concept.jpgFuelling the rumour fires surrounding a potential Apple iWatch device or flexible iPhone, the Cupertino company has posted a job listing in the hope to find an expert on flexible displays.

The advert (spotted by 9to5Mac and now removed) lists the role as “Senior Optical Engineer”, requiring an employee who will “lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible displays”.

The lucky candidate will need “hands-on experience and proven track of record in design, development and technical investigation of display technologies,” as well as “in-depth understanding of display technology, particularly LCD and OLED design and optical performance trade-offs, including optical design, viewing angle, color and white point management, gamma and dimming control, visual performance and artifacts; and characterization metrics.”

Day to day activities for the eventual employee will include analysing “the trade-offs between design, process, optical performance, and implementation feasibility.”

With smartphone tech hitting a bit of a plateu, many see flexible displays as the next innovative tehcnology to catch consumers’ attention. If Apple do intend to launch a smartwatch companion for the iPhone, it’s likely that it would use a flexible, or at least curved display, perhaps something like the concept piece Plastic Logic recently showed off.

Gerald Lynch