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philpalmiero

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What is this black patch for? I’m not impressed with the build quality. From this black patch, to the silver screws flanking the lightning connector and the black spacers in the antenna. Not great, Apple.
 

philpalmiero

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Wow that’s a weird antenna. But then I’m not a telecommunications engineer. But why couldn’t Apple make it blue to match the phone?
 

C DM

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View attachment 1675957 What is this black patch for? I’m not impressed with the build quality. From this black patch, to the silver screws flanking the lightning connector and the black spacers in the antenna. Not great, Apple.
 

RRC

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View attachment 1675957 What is this black patch for? I’m not impressed with the build quality. From this black patch, to the silver screws flanking the lightning connector and the black spacers in the antenna. Not great, Apple.

All iPhones have visible antenna lines?! The larger one is 5G mmwave as others have pointed out, and it can’t be painted as it wouldn’t work as well and you’d not get the same finish as on the aluminium anyway.

On my black 12 the screws are black, other models get silver.
 

philpalmiero

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All iPhones have visible antenna lines?! The larger one is 5G mmwave as others have pointed out, and it can’t be painted as it wouldn’t work as well and you’d not get the same finish as on the aluminium anyway.

On my black 12 the screws are black, other models get silver.
Is the patch black on the Pro models?
 

Channan

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What is this black patch for? I’m not impressed with the build quality. From this black patch, to the silver screws flanking the lightning connector and the black spacers in the antenna. Not great, Apple.
Those are all cosmetic complaints. What does that have to do with build quality?

Is the patch black on the Pro models?
It’s on all US iPhone 12 models.
 

Strangedream

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Sep 15, 2019
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That's the 5G millimeter wave antenna. It gives you even faster 5G when you stand near a mm-wave router, but drains even more battery. Also mm-wave is only available in the US and can't cut through walls so it's pretty much useless IMO.
 

JSBRG

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Do you prefer the European version?
 

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miq

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If it‘s a 5G antenna, why does my iPad Air 4 (wifi) have one?
 

The-Real-Deal82

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LMAO. You do realize that I don't live in Europe that has this etched thing on the side and I'm glad that I'm in the US. Rather have that mmWave antenna than the etched words. haha

I did realise yes, but I also realised it doesn’t make any difference to me whether you like it or not. It’s not important enough for me to care really.
 
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