Apple reportedly hiring engineers with solar knowledge

Solar iPhone

Could the iPhone 6 be powered by solar power? While it seems pretty unlikely, there is still a slim chance that we could see solar power sooner rather than later in future Apple products. According to a new job listing on the company’s website, the company is looking to hire new engineers with experience in the solar industry, and they are specifically looking for a “thin films engineer”.

Below are the qualifications listed in the job listing:

  • Extensive experience with thin-film technologies in either semiconductor processing or solar industries
  • Exposure/experience with Sputtering, Vacuum evaporation, Electroplating and related technologies
  • Deep understanding of the vendors, equipment, and technologies in the thin-films ecosystem
  • Experience/background working with Asia-based manufacturing suppliers
  • Desire and ability for problem solving and debugging
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people with varying degrees of experience
  • Knowledge of thin-films in the context of RF shielding is highly desirable
  • Strong documentation and communication skills
  • Experience in the semiconductor manufacturing or solar manufacturing is desired
  • Experience in new process development and process integration

Apple has been exploring solar energy recently, by recently converting its data centers to run on complete solar power. With this new listing, though, it looks like Apple could be bringing that technology to mobile devices. While it seems unlikely, I can’t imagine how great it would be to be able to charge my iPhone by setting it out in the sun.

Would you love solar power on your iPhone, or do you think it would be a waste? Sound off in the comments section below and let us know what you think of the possibility of a solar powered iPhone.

Source: 9to5Mac

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