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Apple on Wednesday took down a job listing it posted in early April looking for a hardware engineer with experience in flexible displays, suggesting that the company is actively researching the advanced technology only now emerging in the consumer marketplace.
The listing, originally posted on April 1 at the company's Jobs at Apple webpage, sought a "Senior Optical Engineer" who has experience with emerging technologies, including flexible displays. Apple's post corresponds to recent rumors that a so-called "iWatch" would soon be brought to market, with the wristwatch-like device thought to sport a "curved display."
According to the now pulled post, Apple is actively recruiting for "a Display Specialist to lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible displays."
Judging by the job summary and required duties, Apple appears to be researching how to best build a device with a high-quality flexible display. On the other hand, the company could merely be looking to study its options in how to best deploy such a product should the need arise.
Rumors regarding the iWatch have been making the rounds over the past few months, with rumblings pointing to an ergonomic wearable device featuring a curved screen. In February, AppleInsider discovered a patent detailing a wrist-worn unit with a flexible display, providing concrete evidence that Apple is at least investigating such a device.
Stoking the flames is another patent filing for an iPhone boasting a seamless wraparound screen. While interesting, this property is not thought to become a viable product in the near future.
It is not clear why Apple pulled the job listing, though it could be that the company has found a suitable candidate for the position.