A new job advert on Apple’s web site may indicate that the Cupertino giant is seeking technical expertise to make a self-powering, “solar” iPhone.
Rumors recently broke out that Apple was already developing a larger iPhone 6, and if the market’s reaction to the latest iPhones is any indication, it most likely is.
So it makes sense to use that bigger screen/chassis to throw in a photovoltaic panel as well. And according to one job advert on Apple.com, this seems to be the case.
“The Mobile Devices group is seeking an experienced professional who brings expertise in the area of thin films deposition,” reads a job description for Thin Films Engineer.
Apple wants this engineer to “assist in the development and refinement of thin films technologies applicable to electronic systems.”
“The successful engineer in this role will be able to work closely with suppliers and deliver scalable manufacturing processes in a timely manner,” Apple adds.
Key qualifications include “extensive experience with thin-film technologies in either semiconductor processing or solar industries,” as well as experience with other solar-related technologies, and thin-film know-how.
A bigger iPhone would not only mean a bigger display, but also a larger area for solar cells, making such a charging method more relevant.
Apple - like the rest of the tech industry - is constantly striving to deliver longer battery life in all its portables, and the iPhone is first on the list in need of such enhancements.
Battery life is the main concern in virtually all surveys asking future iPhone buyers what they’d rather see enhanced in a new-generation model.
So you don’t have to be a genius to realize that Apple will do something extra in this department sooner or later.
For those of you who might actually be interested in applying for the job, know that you’ll also need a B.S or M.S in Physics, EE, or Material Science or related with 10+ years experience.