Apple Job Listing for Plastics Design Engineer Hints at Innovative Designs for Future Products

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Apple Job Listing for Plastics Design Engineer Hints at Innovative Designs for Future Products
  2. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    China + Plastic = iPhone Mini?

    Or, since TELEVISIONS tend to have lots of plastic in them ;)
  3. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    <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.
  4. Schmitty11 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2011
  5. jav6454 macrumors Pentium


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  6. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    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. :(
  7. charliex5 macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Mmmmm.... I loved the form factor of the 3G/3GS. So comfortable. Lots of nostalgia looking at that old design. :)
  8. macrumors 65832

    May 25, 2012
    +1 Rubber
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    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. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  10. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    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?
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Like a case built in :)
  12. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    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.
  13. Unggoy Murderer macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    Didn't know Aluminium was magnetic...

    *le trollface
  14. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    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.
  15. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    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.

  16. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    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...
  17. MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    I don't think you can beat the aluminium + glass combo
  18. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Innovative plastic designs?
    Well I guess you had to put something there now that "magical" is used up.
  19. Blackwell macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2012
  20. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    N-no t-thanks!
  21. dexx0008 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2007
    stainless steel/glass :D
  22. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    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.
  23. Nebrie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    Presenting the Blue Dalmation and Flower Power iPhone.

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