Mobile Devices

April 15, 2013

Apple to Move into Flexible Displays?

The job posting has been removed – but interest has still been stimulated.

Earlier on Friday, Apple had a job listing up for a “Sr. Optical Engineer.” The listing called 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.”

Does this mean Apple is looking to use flexible displays in future products?

Why Apple took down the posting shortly after is a mystery. Maybe the position was filled, or maybe the media attention it snagged was not welcome.

It seems inevitable for Apple to explore flexible displays, as published patents show the company is already investigating incorporating flexible displays in its mobile devices, thanks to a handful of patents and patent applications published over the last year, the most recent two of which having surfaces detail flexible devices that could change states as a user bends or twists the device.

Apple's move into flexible display has been long speculated, with expectations reigniting when rumors of an iWatch from Apple surfaced. 

Other companies have been experimenting with flexible display technology for a while now. Samsung, for instance, has been exploring the technology, as have Sharp and LG, but flexible display hasn't quite caught on yet or made its way into the consumer marketplace – though that will change very soon.

Friday's job listing is perhaps the first bit of solid proof directly from Apple that it is looking into developing devices with flexible displays.

Edited by Braden Becker

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