Evidence that Apple is investigating flexible screen technology for future iPhones has surfaced online, fuelling speculation that the much-hoped for radical redesign could come to fruition with the next-generation handset.
Posted on April 1st (we’re assuming that it wasn’t a seasonal joke), the notice is for a Senior Optical Engineer who has worked on nascent forms of consumer tech, including flexible displays.
The ad, which has since disappeared from Apple’s jobs page, states that the successful applicant will be expected to “lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible displays”.
The news comes amid calls from the iFaithful for Apple to ditch its time-honoured approach of incrementally improved new devices in favour of a radical new look for the next iPhone for new software and hardware.
It’s not clear from the ad which devices might feature a bendy screen. However, earlier leaks suggest that as well as smartphones, the tech could be earmarked for Apple’s first-ever smartwatch, the device unofficially termed the iWatch.
The Cupertino handset-maker’s first foray into wearable technology is expected to offer key features of the iPhone, with which users can pair their high-end timepiece. If rumours can be believed, though, it will not make and take calls.