Apple looking to hire experienced plastics material engineer for iPhones, iPads

“Leading up to the unveiling of a new lower-cost plastic ‘iPhone 5C’ expected at Apple’s September 10 event next month, Apple is looking to hire an ‘experienced plastics material engineer’ to work on iPhones and iPads,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“The engineer would join Apple’s iPhone/iPad Materials team and must have ‘extensive experience in plastic material properties, part design and fabrication,'” Kahn reports. “While we know the current iPhone and iPads do use some internal plastic parts, the job listing also makes mentions of aesthetic requirements as well as experience in ‘plastic materials and design for manufacturing in terms of geometry and cosmetic quality.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

13 Comments

  1. What makes Apple’s products pop and be more desirable than their competitor’s is the fact they use metal, glass and other non-plastics. I hope they do not lose themselves in the crowd by going back to plastic.

  2. I had heard rumors of Samsung coming out with a carbon-fiber Galaxy S5. I was hoping Apple would also be moving in that direction. Of course, I don’t know if doing that is cost-effective and it might not fit in with how iPhones are designed but the concept of carbon fiber cases for smartphones would seem to be really nice to make them light and strong. I figure it might be something Apple could readily do that would be hard for other companies with less money to copycat. The downside is likely long curing times for the bonding.

    I’m surprised to hear about Apple looking for an advanced plastics expert since Apple is so heavily invested in metal sculpting machinery, but I suppose plastic would be perfect for wearable smart-devices since it can be formed into various shapes relatively easy. I suppose CNC milling machines could also be used to carve out plastic blocks if that’s even practical.

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