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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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RE: Load of crap
By 2bdetermine on 12/24/2010 6:15:50 PM , Rating: 2
They didn't patent it because money, greed does not exist.

RE: Load of crap
By GulWestfale on 12/24/2010 7:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
apple needs more than half a dozen "engineers" to patent the location of a cell phone antenna? why can something as obvious (and let's face it, trivial) even be patented?

RE: Load of crap
By mcnabney on 12/24/2010 11:59:46 PM , Rating: 5
The patent is worthless. Prior-art exists, which invalidates the patent. Too bad the patent office doesn't bother to do their job.

RE: Load of crap
By muhahaaha on 12/25/2010 10:26:30 PM , Rating: 3
Apple tries to patent everything, even if it's prior art, because it gives them a way to bully other companies.

The Patent office approves it erroneously (or maybe with a little under the table payola from Apple), and the only choice for others is to litigate. And Apple has some of the best lawyers, so most smaller companies don't have the resources to put up a fight.

Typical Apple. That's why I will never buy one of their overpriced toys.

RE: Load of crap
By chick0n on 12/27/2010 3:37:43 PM , Rating: 1
You're thinking it wrong.

funny shit was Apple was trying to sue Texwood for using the Apple logo. Texwood's respond was when we start using that logo Apple(the computer company aka moron's dream) does not even exist. the suit was dropped, fast.

Guess their lawyers weren't that smart afterall.

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