Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old May 13, 2008, 01:17 AM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Apple Hiring for Advanced Multi-touch Displays



A new job description posted by Apple on Monday, May 12th reveals that Apple is seeking an engineer to "lead the engineering activities to develop the new process and design for the multi-touch panel used in Apple products. This individual will serve as a focal point in the designing and the process development of advanced multi-touch panels from the concept to the product ramp."

Responsibilities include designing and developing new multi-touch panels for high volume production, and the candidate should have experience in the flat panel industry. Another job description reveals that some of these hires are entering into a newly created "Panel Process & Optics Group" at Apple which is responsible for future flat panel designs.

While the fruits of these specific employees' efforts won't likely be seen for years, it has been well established that Apple has long been been working on advanced multi-touch displays. Based on this job description and previous patent applications, it is clear that Apple's intentions are beyond the multi-touch display that currently resides on the iPhone and iPod touch. Advanced multi-touch gesturing patents have shown Apple's efforts to incorporate new gestures into Mac OS X itself. Simple multi-touch has already made its way into the trackpad of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

Apple has also been rumored to be working on a mini-tablet project which may incorporate more advanced multi-touch recognition over the existing iPhone and iPod touch.

Article Link

Last edited by WildCowboy; May 13, 2008 at 02:34 AM.
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 01:19 AM   #2
Samarium
macrumors 6502a
 
Samarium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: @ home.
Nice, I hope this products hit the shelves soon.
__________________
MacBook 2.4 C2D + iPhone.
MRoogle
Samarium is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 01:22 AM   #3
Doctor Q
Administrator
 
Doctor Q's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Los Angeles
These are senior positions, which would indicate they are for a new project, rather than hiring being done to fill out the staff for a long-running project or an imminent product.
__________________
Oh do pay attention 007. In the wrong hands, this cylindrical 12-core Mac Pro with three 4K displays, FirePro graphics, and Thunderbolt 2 could be very dangerous.
Doctor Q is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 01:39 AM   #4
stagi
macrumors 65816
 
stagi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Sweet can't wait to see what the next generation of computers is going to be, some cool stuff in the coming up years
stagi is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 01:40 AM   #5
Peace
macrumors P6
 
Peace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Space--The ONLY Frontier
It sounds like this is for Apple Cinema Displays.
Peace is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 01:41 AM   #6
maddogeco
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2008
so if there just hiring the mutlitouch engineers now does that mean there's not going to be a mystery tablet released at WWDC??
maddogeco is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 01:48 AM   #7
tomcattmatt
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Definitely sounds like it is for the cinema displays. When do you think these will be out?
tomcattmatt is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 02:11 AM   #8
Shagrat
macrumors 6502a
 
Shagrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: London
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomcattmatt View Post
Definitely sounds like it is for the cinema displays. When do you think these will be out?
as it says above"..While the fruits of these specific employees' efforts won't likely be seen for years..."

So not in the next round of ACD's I expect!

Talking of which, the one thing which i AM hanging on for, is a refresh of the ACDs. Seems to have been a long while!

LED ACDs anytime soon??????
__________________
Mmmnnn New iPad Goodness!

Shagrat is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 02:45 AM   #9
MisterK
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London, United Kingdom
I should hope so

I've been doing a little work for Windows 7. All I can say is MS is doing touchscreen in a pretty big way.
MisterK is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 02:49 AM   #10
bachlau
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shagrat View Post
as it says above"..While the fruits of these specific employees' efforts won't likely be seen for years..."

So not in the next round of ACD's I expect!

Talking of which, the one thing which i AM hanging on for, is a refresh of the ACDs. Seems to have been a long while!

LED ACDs anytime soon??????
In Steve's letter "A Greener Apple", he mentioned:

Apple plans to completely eliminate the use of arsenic in all of its displays by the end of 2008.

Apple plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mercury by transitioning to LED backlighting for all displays when technically and economically feasible.
bachlau is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 03:13 AM   #11
ebrunn
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2008
Quote:
Normally requires Ph.D. degree in Physics or Mechanical Engineering plus a minimum 3 years experience, or MS degree plus a minimum of 5 years experience.
I would apply but I think I'm over qualified
ebrunn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 05:52 AM   #12
japanime
macrumors 65816
 
japanime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Japan
This can only mean one thing:

New PowerBook G5s with multi-touch screens on Tuesday!
japanime is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 05:56 AM   #13
PowerFullMac
macrumors 68040
 
PowerFullMac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by japanime View Post
This can only mean one thing:

New PowerBook G5s with multi-touch screens on Tuesday!
...And its about time! Maybe it will have the same processors that the PS3 have with games console's graphics cards!
PowerFullMac is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 06:48 AM   #14
twoodcc
macrumors P6
 
twoodcc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Right side of wrong
Send a message via AIM to twoodcc Send a message via MSN to twoodcc
looking forward to these products
__________________
tville
Smarter than the average bear
twoodcc is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 07:28 AM   #15
k2spitfire88
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: in your mind
Sounds pretty sweet, to say the least. I am interested to see what comes out of this.
__________________
Collector's Edition
UMB 2.4 Ghz
k2spitfire88 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 07:43 AM   #16
Lesser Evets
macrumors 68030
 
Lesser Evets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Niiicceee... way to be behind the curve. They should have hired someone for this 3 years back, and had the product on the market last summer. We can probably expect a multi-touch monitor from Apple in 2010/1
__________________
2x1.86 BSEL Pro 1,1; 5770; 16GB RAM
Lesser Evets is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 07:49 AM   #17
themiracle
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: May 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by japanime View Post
This can only mean one thing:

New PowerBook G5s with multi-touch screens on Tuesday!
I see what you did there.
themiracle is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 08:00 AM   #18
smartin684
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lesser Evets View Post
Niiicceee... way to be behind the curve. They should have hired someone for this 3 years back, and had the product on the market last summer. We can probably expect a multi-touch monitor from Apple in 2010/1
Why would anyone, in the consumer market, want a multi-touch monitor. I dont think we will ever see a multi-touch monitor from Apple, or any other computer manufacturer, at least not in the current format of being a vertical monitor. It just doesnt make sense from a usability or ergonomic viewpoint. Multitouch monitors would be great for tablets, exhibit displays or novelty but for the general consumer, it makes no sense at all, unless you want a severe case of shoulder fatigue.
smartin684 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 08:18 AM   #19
localoid
macrumors 68020
 
localoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: America's Third World
Quote:
Originally Posted by smartin684 View Post
Why would anyone, in the consumer market, want a multi-touch monitor. ...
Touch-screen envy.
localoid is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 08:23 AM   #20
lazyrighteye
macrumors 65816
 
lazyrighteye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Denver, CO
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lesser Evets View Post
Niiicceee... way to be behind the curve. They should have hired someone for this 3 years back, and had the product on the market last summer. We can probably expect a multi-touch monitor from Apple in 2010/1
How plausible is it that Apple have already filled this position, but did not want to make that info public, so they sat on it until yesterday?

I have seen this happen on a frighteningly frequent basis in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors: Company, Inc. has an opening. More than likely with someone in mind (someone inside the company or an outside, trusted "friend"). Company, Inc. hires said someone, THEN posts the already filled position for posterity/legality.

Shady?
I think so.
Plausible here?
lazyrighteye is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 08:30 AM   #21
Bubba Satori
macrumors 68040
 
Bubba Satori's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: B'ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomcattmatt View Post
Definitely sounds like it is for the cinema displays. When do you think these will be out?
2010.
Bubba Satori is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 08:39 AM   #22
sushi
Moderator emeritus
 
sushi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: キャンプスワンピー [Japan]
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

Huge potential for touch displays.

My guess is portable development. I don't expect to see touch ACD's.
__________________
You only live twice, once when you are born, and when you look death in the face. *Basho style poem from 007 YOLT.
sushi is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 08:44 AM   #23
BenRoethig
macrumors 68030
 
BenRoethig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Dubuque, Iowa
Send a message via AIM to BenRoethig Send a message via Yahoo to BenRoethig
Quote:
Originally Posted by Samarium View Post
Nice, I hope this products hit the shelves soon.
Not likely in the next two years. Touchscreen tech is still too expensive for larger displays. However, touch screens are the future.
__________________
When did Think Different become Conform Always?
BenRoethig is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 09:02 AM   #24
Obi-Wan Kubrick
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
I wouldn't count on seeing this stuff until OSX 11
Obi-Wan Kubrick is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 13, 2008, 09:44 AM   #25
Antares
macrumors 68000
 
Antares's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Somewhere in the Milky Way....a little place called Chicago
Quote:
Originally Posted by maddogeco View Post
so if there just hiring the mutlitouch engineers now does that mean there's not going to be a mystery tablet released at WWDC??
The MacPad/iPadd is still a ways off....

Quote:
Originally Posted by Obi-Wan Kubrick View Post
I wouldn't count on seeing this stuff until OSX 11
Don't you mean OS XI/OS 11?
__________________
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. - Steve Jobs
An Apple a day keeps the PC's away
Antares is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 31 Mar 18, 2014 11:55 AM
A Look at How GT Advanced Makes Sapphire Glass for Smartphone Displays MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 41 Nov 8, 2013 10:25 AM
OS X Mavericks multi-monitor mode demoed on six 27-inch displays Cubemmal OS X Mavericks (10.9) 2 Jun 21, 2013 12:18 PM
Apple Hiring an Engineer to Investigate Advanced Display Technologies, Including Flexible Displays MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 24 Apr 11, 2013 08:02 PM
Advanced Multi Touch Gestures Not Working after Waking from Sleep hibby417 OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 21 Sep 23, 2012 03:56 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:32 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC