iphone3gsApple today posted a new job listing for Manufacturing Design Engineer with a focus in Advanced Plastic Tooling and Process. According to the job description, Apple is looking to expand and improve its current plastics division.

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 used plastics for 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.

Plastic? They’ve learned….

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.

So is plastic good or bad? I’m confused now..

Duh!! It’s durable, beautiful, innovative and magical with pixies and unicorns when Apple uses it. When Samsung uses it, plastic is just cheap crap. :D

China + Plastic = iPhone Mini?

Or, since TELEVISIONS tend to have lots of plastic in them ;)

So is plastic good or bad? I’m confused now..
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:
Mmmmm…. I loved the form factor of the 3G/3GS. So comfortable. Lots of nostalgia looking at that old design. :)

And how is this specific to stainless steal and glass? What, plastics can’t be precisely machine engineered?

Uh… I just like my metal iPhone. It’s got some “heft”. If feels rock solid. Plastic is “molded”. Where’s the craftsmanship in that?

Besides, every iPhone is hand machined by the same 3 Chinese dudes and I don’t want them put out of a job.

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?