A new pair of job postings on Apple’s “Jobs at Apple” webpage point toward the possibility of a redesign of the current 30-pin dock connector used by the company’s portable devices since the third generation iPod was released in 2003. The descriptions of the two identical listings are titled “Connector Design Engineer” and “Product Design Eng. – Connector.” Both are looking for a lead engineer who will be in charge of managing “multiple connector designs and developments” for the iPod.
From one the listings:
The Connector Design Engineer will be responsible for managing multiple connector designs and developments in support of the iPod product lines. Cross-functional development and consulting will be a major part of your daily work. As a Lead Engineer you be responsible for identifying appropriate connection technology requirements for new products and follow through with selection and development of suitable interconnect products. This will often involve adaptation of existing connectors or complete new designs. Interfacing with connector suppliers to direct and implement the necessary design changes or creation of completely new designs will also be a major part of your daily work.
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