Apple May No Longer Be Required to Etch FCC Labels on iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Currently, the FCC requires any device that wants its certification to have a nameplate or etched label that displays an ID and approval from the agency. Today, the FCC has loosened its rules (via MultiChannel) regarding labeling, allowing manufacturers to bypass etching FCC labels on its devices, like Apple's iPhone.

    Verizon iPhone 4 without FCC label on left, iPhone 4 with FCC label on right.
    The change comes shortly after Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced the E-Label Act, which allows companies to meet the FCC's label demands using digital stamps on the device rather than etching labels onto the hardware. The two Senators argue the change would allow manufacturers to save money, allowing them to pass the savings on to consumers.
    The FCC's solution is fairly similar to the one the Senators proposed, and would require companies like Apple to place the digital labels three menus deep within a phone's device menu. The device's user manual must include where to find the FCC labels, or the information must be on the manufacturer's website.

    It's highly likely Apple takes advantage of either the FCC's new rules or the E-Label Act, as the labels sit counter to Apple's focus on clean, minimal design on its devices. However, it's unclear when or how Apple would take advantage of the new rules.

    Article Link: Apple May No Longer Be Required to Etch FCC Labels on iPhone
  2. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2012
    Hmm, this could be both good and bad. Good because I'm sure purists will like having less text on their phones. Bad because if the display of the phone or the phone itself dies, it could be difficult to verify the IMEI (average user won't care, but tech support worker will!)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    I've always wondered why competitor's devices never seem to display these labels. I figured they were under the battery cover, which is why Apple's would have to be in full view. But this will certainly clean things up for the caseless/bumper community.
  5. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    iPhone 4 was the most beautiful iPhone design.
  6. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Asterisks much? :eek:
  7. macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    There will be no less text:

  9. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
    jony ive must be the happiest person in the world right now.
  11. fluchtpunkt, Jul 11, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014

    macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    The photo is very misleading. Four of the five labels that are missing on the "without FCC label" device have nothing to do with FCC. And the FCC numbers that could be removed are still printed on this device.

    If there will be any changes they will be very small, the CE symbol, the 0682 (the organization that did the CE certification), the exclamation mark (class II radio device according to CE), the trash can (for WEEE, saying "electronics don't go into the trash can"), the declaration of origin and the model number are still required by european law. If you don't have those on the actual hardware you can't bring the iPhone to Europe. Yes, even if you are just visiting. So Apple will keep them.

    And of course the IC ID, certification for Canada, will stay as well. And Apple will probably keep the serial number too.

    So what can be removed? The FCC logo, and the FCC-ID. The next iPhone might come with slightly less print, but there will be print. Jony Ive will not be as happy as one could expect after reading the article.

    EDIT: I used my mad pixelmator skills to show which labels will stay. Don't be too disappointed.

  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2010
    what? the couldn't fit all that info on the iwatch?

    any little bit they can save counts.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    Apple May No Longer Be Required to Etch FCC Labels on iPhone

    Meh. I honestly don't care that it's there. Just so long as there isn't any carrier branding im good.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Sep 10, 2013
    Ottawa, Canada
    I can't wait for Apple to reduce prices by $0.02. Cause that will happen. :D

    Even that's an exaggeration since they still have to etch other information on there.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2012
    ...what? Your comment completely confused me, because of this:

    Unless you were trying to get at what fluchtpunkt explained, but the info you quoted doesn't explain that at all.
  16. macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    My iPhone 5 already has no etchings

    This is a refurbished model... just realized I don't have those etchings. Is it true I wouldn't be allowed to bring it into Europe?!

  17. MR-LIZARD, Jul 11, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2014

    macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2012
    This information is also already held electronically.

    Settings > General > About > Legal > Regulatory

    All of the regulatory notices for lots of different countries are contained here. Seems Apple could move the "Regulatory" menu down one level to be compliant. Or maybe it's already at the 3rd level. Not sure which bit you would count to :)

    The above is based on my device. I'm running iOS 7.1.2. May be in a different location if your version differs.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012
    I believe they're already buried deep in General > About > Legal > Regulatory

    Attached Files:

  19. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    Even if the savings were all that significant, it's wishful thinking to believe companies would pass those savings onto the consumer.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    iPhone 4 was the most fragile iPhone design. It had glass on both sides which shattered too easily. It was bulky, blocky and heavy. It had sharp edges that didn't feel nice in your hand.
  21. macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    It was the first gadget I truly lusted after and what got me using Apple products. I went from there to the 4S. Nothing (phone wise) from Apple since has come close to tempting me.
  22. macrumors member

    Wild Warg

    Jun 6, 2014
    I'm not foreseeing any savings passed on to us consumers as a result. A nice thought though...
  23. macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2012
    I don't understand why they can't just make the regulatory logos smaller than they currently are. Is there a specific size these have to be?
  24. macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    You wouldn't be able to import it into Europe and sell it commercially, but no-ones going to have an issue with you just using it.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    Is this refurbished from Apple or third party? Usually third parties use non original backs to get it feeling new.

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