Couldn't Apple just put the GSM Radio antenna on the top instead of the side?

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  1. palmerc2 macrumors 65816

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    Believe me, I love my iPhone 4 and am not experiencing many problems. Really the only problem I have in certain areas is the data comes to a grinding halt when I put my finger in the antenna....

    Unfortunately, theres a ton of whiney people out there who think they are so deserving that make this the biggest problem on earth. To avoid all this, which Steve claims they were initially aware of this problem, couldn't Apple of put the Antenna on the top instead of the side? No iPhone 4 user will hold their iPhone on the top. Pretty much 99% of lefties cover this antenna on the side. I would just guess and say 40% of righties will cover this spot with a finger, but that is easily movable.
     
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    I read an article last week that says that the FCC requires that the antenna be placed on the lower left corner to keep it further away from the brain.
     
  3. draz macrumors 6502a

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    We need phones with pull out antennas back on the market!

    C'mon Motorola this is your territory
     
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    This is correct. I would’ve posted earlier, but I couldn’t remember the government agency.:eek:
     
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    I LOL'd
     
  7. palmerc2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    hahaha somebody photoshop it! that would be priceless
     
  8. palmerc2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    hmm, well what about the very bottom? maybe Apple will change the design next year to do that.....who knows
     
  9. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    They don't specifically require that the antenna be anywhere in particular, but they do have limits to the amount of radiation that can be absorbed by the head...and of course the best way to minimize this is to put the antenna on the bottom, away from the part that's going to touch the head. I'm sure if a company wanted to make a phone with an old-school pull out whip antenna sticking out of the top, that would be fine with the FCC too.
     
  10. draz macrumors 6502a

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    The bottom is crowded with the dock connector, speaker & mic. So a little higher was the closest. The iPhone 3GS has its antenna near the bottom as well but it not exposed so you won't notice it until you cover up the bottom.
     
  11. Sinfire macrumors regular

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    What if they put the dock connector at the top, and then put the antenna on the bottom ?
     
  12. draz macrumors 6502a

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    Then that would be silly. Imagine your phone upside down sitting on your desk. LOL
     
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    it won't be upside down if the screen rotates 180 degrees like the iPad does :D
     

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