"While we know the current iPhone and iPads do use some internal plastic parts, the job listing also makes mentions of aesthetic requirements as well as experience in plastic materials and design for manufacturing in terms of geometry and cosmetic quality,'" he writes. "That could be a hint the position will involve more than just the design of internal plastic parts."
As of this posting, there are three job openings that "could be a hint," including "Sr. Materials Engineer - Plastics," "Plastic Tooling Engineer," and "MDE Adv. Plastic Tooling and Process." There's no indication whether these are brand new jobs that didn't exist before, or additional positions related to plastics, or replacements for existing jobs that have become open.
iPhone 6 and iOS 7 will be the "start of Tim Cook's CEO legacy"
"A year and a half in, and the Tim Cook-era Apple has finally pulled back the curtain on a product which wouldn't have been if the late Steve Jobs were still running the company," writes Will Stabley, of the eponymous StableyTimes, a "new kind of news."
"iOS 7 is a left turn, a change in software design philosophy which follows a corresponding change in software design architects and accompanies a similarly new fangled iPhone 6," Stabley declares. "If Jobs had remained in charge at Apple he'd have continued finding a way to keep the peace between the widely hated Scott Forstall, whom he valued greatly, and the rest of Apple's leadership team. Forstall would have remained in charge of iOS design. And the product we now know as iOS 7 would have had the same name but been an entirely different product. Actually iOS 7 would have looked pretty much like the last six versions."
Why iOS 7 is a "left" instead of "right" turn isn't made clear. For all anyone really knows, it could still represent a direction that Jobs was involved in setting before he died.
"Jobs told Tim Cook to do whatever he thought was right, rather than trying to guess what Jobs would have done," Stabley assures us. Stabley may be the Human Fly of the iOSphere, since most of his observations about what Jobs told Cook could only have been made by the proverbial fly on the wall.