Even though the iPhone 4 was not the first, nor will it be the last, phone to ever suffer from a so-called "antenna gate" issue, it nonetheless got more than its fair share of flack for a problem that was so readily and easily solved.
Now, however, thanks to the sleuths over at PatentlyApple, we now know that Apple has just invented and patented a new kind of antenna, one that potentially may yet nip any and all problems from any future "antenna gates" in the bud.
The patent is being called, by some, as the "Logo Antenna", as it would be housed in a dielectric window behind the Apple logo on possibly all of its future mobile devices.
PatentlyApple goes into much more detail, but one interesting thing of note is that they describe it as going beyond just mere Wi-Fi, and state:
"Apple's patent clarifies that the logo antenna will go beyond just Wi-Fi which is supposedly used in iMac's after 2009. The patent states that logo antennas will cover "wireless communications in cellular telephone bands such as the GSM bands at 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz and the 2100 MHz data band." Additionally, logo antennas will cover multibands for telephonic communications and GPS."
Interesting to be sure, but, more interestingly, PatentlyApple, via iFixit, goes on to show this logo-antenna concept apparently already being used in the iPad, as you can see in the illustration below. If this is the case, then it's good news indeed since I haven't read or heard of any complaints concerning the iPad's antenna so far, at least as far as I know of.
In conclusion, it's hope that this 'new kind of logo antenna design' will finally solve most, if not all, of the issues that Apple's competitors and distractors have bitterly complained about concerning the iPhone 4, and, to be quite honest, I also think that they have all completely overblown.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this 'twas the night before Christmas', Friday, December 24, 2010