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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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Apple Job Listing for Plastics Design Engineer Hints at Innovative Designs for Future Products




Apple today posted a new job listing for a Manufacturing Design Engineer with a focus on Advanced Plastic Tooling and Process. According to the job description, Apple is looking to expand and improve its current plastics division.
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Identify, develop and launch new tooling and process capabilities in support of new Apple product developments. Areas of focus will be "non-traditional" Apple plastic processing such as thermoforming, foam molding, blow molding, etc., and their application to new Apple products. The successful candidate will have demonstrated history of bringing new process and tooling technologies through a full development cycle and launch into high volume production.
Though Apple has focused heavily on aluminum for the iPad, the iPhone, and the MacBook line for the past few years, the Cupertino-based company has continued to prominently use plastics in such products as the Apple TV, the AirPort Extreme, keyboards, and other accessories.

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is working on a low cost iPhone that will be constructed primarily of plastic. The iPhone is said to be a hybrid of the iPhone 5 and the iPod touch, with a plastic enclosure.

A new hire specializing in plastics is unlikely to be involved in the design of the low cost iPhone, given that it is rumored to be released later this year, but the open position does support reports that Apple is focusing on novel uses of plastics for upcoming products.

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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China + Plastic = iPhone Mini?

Or, since TELEVISIONS tend to have lots of plastic in them
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:08 PM   #3
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<insert smarmy comment about how Apple would never use Plastic as it's cheap>




I still think that whilst the iPhone 5 is a sexy phone, it'd be nicer with the glossy plastic back of the 3/3s. Nothing wrong with plastic.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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Plastic <3
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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One step forward, two steps back...
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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Plastic? They've learned....

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:10 PM   #7
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I dunno folks... I look at my 4S and marvel at the precision machine engineering that went into the thing.

Plastic meh. Give me rubber... something that bounces on concrete.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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Mmmmm.... I loved the form factor of the 3G/3GS. So comfortable. Lots of nostalgia looking at that old design.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:12 PM   #9
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This has been know for decades:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxihhBzCjk
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:12 PM   #10
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I dunno folks... I look at my 4S and marvel at the precision machine engineering that went into the thing.

Plastic meh. Give me rubber... something that bounces on concrete.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:13 PM   #11
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But Apple would NEVER (again) use cheap, crappy plastic, would they? This would never have happened (even tho it did with the 3GS) if Jobs was still around.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:13 PM   #12
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I think that's what made the iPhone 4 design so great. It was a big step up in terms of metals and glass over the plastic used in the 3G and 3GS. I realize some wireless products need certain plastics to propagate signals but why step backwards if this is true?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:14 PM   #13
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Or the guy that works on the Magic Mouse just quit and they're replacing him.

I'm sorry, but I hate the "a job posting means a new direction for Apple products" stories.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:15 PM   #15
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Didn't know Aluminium was magnetic...

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:17 PM   #16
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Plastic from 3G/3GS is much better quality than Galaxy S3 back plactic. Just sayin'.
I cringed every time I pulled off the GS3 back cover. It sounded cheap and felt cheap.
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Or the guy that works on the Magic Mouse just quit and they're replacing him.

I'm sorry, but I hate the "a job posting means a new direction for Apple products" stories.
hopefully they fired that guy. Whoever designed that mouse deserves to be fired. If you want a proper slim mouse the arc touch mouse was a way better design and wasn't a carpal tunnel magnet. The arc touch is very comfortable to hold. Much more so than it looks.

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These phones make for cheap unlocked phones directly from Apple, as it is illegal for users to unlock smartphones in the US. $299 to start?

People here are looking forward to AT&T unlocking their iPhones when their contract is up - little do they know the carrier is no longer obligated to do so...
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I don't think you can beat the aluminium + glass combo
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Innovative plastic designs?
Well I guess you had to put something there now that "magical" is used up.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:20 PM   #21
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:22 PM   #23
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I don't think you can beat the aluminium + glass combo
stainless steel/glass
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:23 PM   #24
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China + Plastic = iPhone Mini?

Or, since TELEVISIONS tend to have lots of plastic in them
Some plastics like Teflon, Polyamide 6.6 or Polycarbonate are very robust. In some cases more robust than aluminum.

Future WLAN standards need up to 8 antennas (802.11ac, up to ≈ 7 GBit/s), or use very high frequencies (802.11ad, 60 GHz). That means Apple needs more antennas in iDevices and a material which does not block the 5 GHz or 60 GHz frequencies.
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Presenting the Blue Dalmation and Flower Power iPhone.
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