Here are more details about the job posting:
* 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
* Work with Asia-based suppliers to develop thin-film deposition technologies
* Scope and select suitable thin-film processes, execute design of experiments, down-select to the appropriate technology for mass production
* Provide engineering support for product builds at the factory
* Work with Operations teams to support factory build-up as required
While the posting has a strong emphasis on the world ‘solar’, it doesn’t actually assure that Apple would be concentrating on solar power products. On the other hand, the company does have a lot of patents regarding solar powered devices.
Apple’s smartwatch has been pointed out by Apple insider, that it does have a direct relevance with solar power technology. According to the source, the technology can be used to complement battery life.
Apple has doubled the battery life of MacBook Air, but its iPhone and iPad hasn’t been in the good books when it comes to desirable battery products. Perhaps solar technology would make sense later. What do you think?