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Logo antenna diagram  (Source: Patently Apple)
Antennas will be used on more than the iPhone

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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Yet another research fail
By DanNeely on 12/24/2010 3:16:52 PM , Rating: 5
"That would move the antenna closer to the surface of the devices. Presumably that would help with the problem the iPhone 4 faced."

THe iPhone4's problem was that the antennas were *ON* the surface, which allowed the user to short them out with their hands. Moving them back to the interior will prevent this from being possible. Also, it's not a new thing for Apple either (unless the "innovation" in question is the phrase "... in a cell phone..."; they installed antennas behind a plastic logo in several desktop (and laptop?) models a few years back since it was the only RF window in the aluminum unibody.

RE: Yet another research fail
By ChoadNamath on 12/24/2010 5:33:08 PM , Rating: 5
Thank you. It would be nice if tech blog writers would spend a little more time trying to understand the issues they write about and a little less time simply paraphrasing articles and press releases from other sources.

RE: Yet another research fail
By borismkv on 12/26/2010 10:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
But that would be too much like (*shiver*) work!

RE: Yet another research fail
By sigmatau on 12/24/2010 8:13:05 PM , Rating: 5
"That would move the antenna closer to the surface of the devices. Presumably that would help with the problem the iPhone 4 faced."

"Faced?" You mean "the problem the iPhone 4 currently faces, was brought to light, and Apple decided to do absolutely nothing to fix the hardware issue except offer a stop-gap (cover) and to then go on and not finish the job.

RE: Yet another research fail
By dj LiTh on 12/24/2010 11:06:41 PM , Rating: 5
No no! Dont tell me how it works! Its magical! Its Magical! <rocks back in forth in corner chanting "its magical">

/sarcasm off

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