IPhone 7 Could Ditch Ugly Plastic Antenna Bands

Posted: Jun 21 2015, 1:00pm CDT | by , in Apple


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iPhone 7 Could Ditch Ugly Plastic Antenna Bands

A new patent by Apple hints at a new and improved antenna setup in future iPhones

A new patent application published on Thursday gives away an indication of incorporation of a new and improved antenna setup in future iPhones. The patent application outlines Apple’s comprehensive plans for investing in the design and development of a new metal material that gives the exact same look and feel of a regular metal but features an anodized finish.

The idea that constitutes the main part of the patent application is that the new material will allow radio frequencies to seamlessly pass through it, hence forming a perfect shell to hide antennas on mobile devices. Apple along with many of other big names in the smartphone industry have been thriving to search for new and unique ways that help with the integration of radios into the design and manufacturing process.

The sole purpose of an antenna or even a Bluetooth chip is simply to allow connection with other external devices like cell tower, another Bluetooth compatible device or even a payment terminal in store. The design plays a vital role in this regard as radios and integrated chips require the ability to penetrate the shell of the device in order for it to do its job. Currently, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature plastic strips that run along the top and the bottom of the rear side of the device that allow the antenna system to perform effectively.

However, one can argue that despite the plastic strips being elegantly incorporated, they do still tend to look out of place. This patent will ensure that the next generation of iPhones will have a flawless design pattern while allowing the antenna system to operate optimally.

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