Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has removed a job listing that some say seems to point to a flexible screen for the iPhone 6. Of course we already knew from a patent application discovered last month that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was working on a wrap around display.
But this week 9 to 5 Mac found a job listing that was posted by the company for a senior optical engineer or “display specialist” who would work on a flexible display. The online publication reports that the listing was posted earlier this month but has since been removed.
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It also found two new patent applications filed by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) that are fueling the fire of rumors that the iPhone 6 could look completely different from previous version of the device.
One patent application is for “flexible electronic devices,” and it indicates that Apple is not only looking into flexible screens but also components that are flexible, like processors, batteries, and other parts of the device. The device would be able to respond based on how the user was manipulating the screen.
The second patent application is for an electronic device “with sidewall displays,” which basically means that the device could bend and create a second display on another part of the device.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has certainly been busy applying for patents lately, which means that the creative innovations the company has been known for in the past are continuing, even though we aren’t seeing the results of those innovations in the consumer market just yet.
There have been patents for a flexible smart watch and another for an iPhone with “situational awareness.” The company has even applied for a patent for technology that would apparently shift the center of gravity of an electronic device while it’s in free fall, protecting the most valuable and sensitive components.