Apple just posted a pair of job listings seeking experienced engineers to take up managerial duties for the design and development of various potential iPod connector technologies.
While the two posts feature slightly different titles (“Connector Design Engineer” and “Product Design Eng – Connector”), the actual job descriptions and prerequisites are exactly the same. In short, the winning candidates
will be responsible for managing multiple connector designs and developments in support of the iPod product lines… [and] be responsible for identifying appropriate connection technology requirements for new products and follow through with selection and development of suitable interconnect products.
Of course, Apple’s almost constantly hiring, so that’s nothing new. But these listings are of particular interest because — unless the iPod’s connector technologies and dock interface are going to split off from the iPhone’s and iPad’s identical standards (which seems logically unlikely) — they seem to debunk at least part of the most recent “leaked” iPhone 5 design.
And that would make a lot of sense. I’ve repeatedly made the assertion on these pages of AppAdvice that, at this stage of iDevice evolution, Apple is unlikely to introduce multiple radical hardware changes in any given yearly iteration. With the almost certain size bump the new iPhone’s display is going to get, there’s not a lot of immediate reason for Apple to introduce another big change at the same time. Like an altered Home button, a new dock connector could be a selling point all its own, and it would best be pocketed for when new product features are in short(er) supply.
Hopefully, we’ll all know more come next month’s WWDC.