As far as iPhone 6 and iWatch rumors go, perhaps the most tenacious of all is the one that concerns the use of curved glass – the technology expected to feature heavily in many Apple products to launch in the years to come. However, those hedging their bets on an early release date for either are today being given reason to reconsider, as once again there’s a pretty conclusive sign that an iPhone 6 or an iWatch featuring flexible glass might not be quite as close to commercial readiness as hoped.
Apple has posted a job listing which despite not mentioning any specific product does directly reference flexible screen technology.
According to the listing, the post demand an individual who can ‘lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible display’ and ‘analyze the trade-offs between design, process, optical performance, and implementation feasibility.’
Exciting to hear that Apple is unquestionably pushing forward with flexible screen technology, but that very nature of the job posting itself largely confirms that it is still very early days on the process. Or in other words, we might see a new iPhone or iWatch launch in the months to come, but it’s largely impossible that either will feature curved displays.
Should this rule out the iPhone 6 as far as this year is concerned, it would by rights give significant weight to the ongoing rumors of a stopgap iPhone 5S coming to fill the void this summer. Rather than a huge step forward, the iPhone 5S is expected to launch as incremental upgrade with nothing more than a few internal and external tweaks, including a revamped iOS operating system.
The news would certainly seem to correlate with previous reports from Corning, the creators of highly flexible Willow Glass. Speaking to reporters earlier this year, Corning admitted that Willow Glass is in their opinion ‘years away’ from commercial readiness, rendering it entirely impossible to see the technology make a wide scale appearance this year, or perhaps even next.