Apple caught a lot of heat soon after the iPhone 4 launched due to issues surrounding the devices’s antenna. The problems infuriated so many iPhone 4 users that Steve Jobs even suggested they were “holding it wrong”. While the antenna woes of the iPhone 4 are legendary at this point, Apple is working on a new tech for future mobile devices.
Patently Apple has dug up a patent application that outlines how the company plans to incorporate the antenna for some of its devices behind the Apple logo. That would move the antenna closer to the surface of the devices. Presumably that would help with the problem the iPhone 4 faced. While the iPad currently uses a similar placement for its Wi-Fi antenna, Apple’s new design would incorporate cellular and GPS antennas as well.
The new antenna design is aimed for use in more than just the iPhone; it will also be used on MacBooks as well. Patently Apple reports that the new antenna may transmit and receive radio-frequency signals through a dielectric window mounted in a housing wall. The antenna could also reportedly have a patch antenna resonating element inside.
The patent in question is 20100321253 and it was filed in June of 2009 and lists Apple employees Ruben Caballero – Senior director of iPhone/iPod – and members of his team including Enrique Ayala Vazquez, Gregory Springer, Bing Chiang, Douglas Kough, Robert Schlub, Yi Jiang, Angulo Gomez and Andres Rodney.
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