Finally hope with iP7 for one of my biggest pet peeves

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BiteMe!, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. BiteMe! macrumors newbie


    Sep 27, 2015
    To me the current iPhone 6/s, and their + brothers, design with their antenna bands is just plain ugly!

    It is the first iPhone I have that I don´t mind hiding in a case. Up until the 5s I always used front and back stickers with bumper cases.

    It looks like there is hope with iPhone 7...

    "New Patent For Better Antenna and ZERO Plastic Filed By Apple
    A new patent filed by Apple reveals the company is looking to get rid of those unsightly plastic antenna bands that flank the back of the handset. The patent, which was filed recently, details how materials such as metal oxides could be used to create a new composite metal material that looks and feels like metal, but will still allow radio frequencies to pass through.

    Here's how Apple explains it in its patent:

    Many computing devices have outer housings and coverings that include metallic surfaces giving the devices an aesthetically pleasing and durable look and feel. Computing devices can also include any of a number of complex functional components. For example, many laptops include capacitive touch pads that allow a user to control movement of a cursor. Mobile phones and tables have radio frequency antennas that allow communication via radio frequency transmission.

    One design challenge associated with computing devices is maintaining a sleek and consistent appearance of a metallic outer enclosure for housing the various complex internal components. Since metal is not radio frequency transparent, metal is generally a poor choice of material when the devices utilize electromagnetic wave transmission, such as radio frequency transmission for communication. In addition, metal is generally a high capacitive material, and as a result, not used to cover capacitive touch pads, touch screens and other capacitive sensors. Accordingly, portions of the housings that cover antennas and touch sensors are made of a non-metallic material such as plastic or glass. Unfortunately, plastic surfaces and glass surfaces have different visual qualities than metallic surfaces, which result in a visible break in the metallic surface of the housing. This visible break can detract from the smooth and continuous look of the metallic housing.

    The patent wouldn’t just apply to iPhones, either. Macs and iPads would likely benefit from the technology too, as well as future Apple Watch designs. How long it will take Apple to get this technology implemented inside its products remains to be seen; patents take a good long while to appear inside technology if at all."

  2. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I like the antenna bands. They add character to the design. A completely metal body (like a touch without the antenna window) would just be boring and dull.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    No problem with the bands for me as my Sedio Surface case covers it. Would MUCH rather have the antenna bands than the poor reception and my 6S+ has GREAT RF properties.

    The bands do not bother me, Apple should leave it be.
  4. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    I have the Silver 6S Plus so the bands don't bother me either even with my clear back case.
  5. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    The bands are just poorly designed IMO. A straight line like the HTC One can look much cleaner. Heck, even a plastic part like the iPod Touch or the original iPhone looks better. And line like these do indeed give character to the design, but I don't think I would mind a completely blank back.
  6. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    I like the antenna lines and the protruding camera :)
    IMO, the 6/6s has the best design yet.
    Second is the 5/5s, third the 4/4s.
  7. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    I don't have a problem with plastic if its kept to a minimum.
    I know its really sad but i wish we had a notification led , only thing i really miss from android haha
  8. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Get rid of the plastic antenna bands and the camera nub!
  9. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015
    I use cases on all my devices so the bands don't bother me.

    That my opinion, Apple's most beautifully designed phone was the iPhone 5/5s. Aesthetically, they ruined the iPhone 6/6s with those antenna bands.

    I hope for a return to the beauty of the iPhone 5/5s.
  10. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    The antenna bands don't bother me at all.
  11. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    I think the 4/4s was the sexiest industrial design. Discussing what generation iPhone people like/don't like is a bit like discussing "how many angels can fit in the head of a pin".
  12. BiteMe! thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 27, 2015
    Everyone has got different tastes. Obviously.

    I just think that the way they designed those bands gives the phone a retro kinda look.
  13. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Antenna lines are like c-section lines and not considered attractive. Apple is loaded with money to hire decent designers to make it look as subtle/nice as, for example, Samsung flagships.
  14. ARizz44, Nov 4, 2015
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    ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    I love how people who are not fans of the antenna lines act as if Apple made a design "mistake". Lol your opinion is no more valid or merit worthy than the many who love the design.
  15. RiddlaBronc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    Mcallen Tx
    I really hope they get rid of them and add a darker space black for the back. The antenna bands look okay in the space grey model as they are almoat identical in color. They stick out like a sore thumb on the gold color.
  16. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Since Apple made the 6s/6S plus heavier. I am hoping for a thicker iPhone with a thicker battery.

    There is only so much software gimmick "low battery mode" Samsung or Apple can do to prolong battery life. I can turn the screen brightness down and disable stuff on my own without needing a gimmick.

    I just want a battery that can support 2 days real heavy battery usage fully. And 3 full days of babying it.

    Miss those blackberry days where i purposely didn't bring my charger for a weekend trip out of town (circa 2005-2007) and didn't worry about battery life. Of course phones these days do more stuff and screens more power hungry.

    But we have very little advances in battery development
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Not quite a gimmick when it makes a noticeable difference and can do more than a user can do changing a bunch of settings on his/her own. But sure, a bigger/better battery would always be a good thing.
  18. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2014
  19. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    I can do that all myself. Turn off notification turn off app background refresh turn off visual affects turn off lte. Dim down screen. Turn off automatic updates etc

    Tell me what low battery mode does that I can't do on my own in less than 30 seconds ?
  20. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Reduce your CPU and GPU performance to conserve power, which plays quite a bit of a role in the overall effect of the Low Power Mode feature. (Also turn down various additional processes and activities that simple disabling of background refresh doesn't cover.)
  21. Allin44 macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2014
    Attractive is a completely subjective term. I, for one, love the look of the 6 series phones and think they're very attractive devices, bands and all.
  22. ultravisitor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    I don't care. Nice phone is nice. And the 6 series iPhones are the first iPhones that I've ever really liked in terms of design.
  23. tranceking26 macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2013
    It will be interesting to see what Apple does, not just with the iPhone, but with other products as well.

    Personally I don't like the 6 series design that much, but it doesn't matter because I'm using a case no matter what it looks like.
  24. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    There's so many areas where they could improve. There is no reason why the home button has to take up so much space or be clickable in the first place, there's way too much bezel around the display, those ugly antenna bands (why didn't they at least match or contrast them better with the back color) and the somewhat slippery material of the case, that paltry 16 GB base model etc.

    If the iPhone 6 series had been essentially what the new Oneplus X is (essentially a larger iPhone 5) I doubt anyone would've complained.
  25. Congo Javabase Resources macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2015
    Character? Give me a break...

    It's ugly. And it's okay to admit that. But no way can you tell me the glaring antenna bands actually look good. In comparison to how the back of an iPhone 4 or 5 looked... yeah right. Would you want a Macbook with a bunch of antenna bands on it? Do people argue that the cellular iPads look better than the WiFi ones?

    Can't believe there are people in this thread saying "I actually prefer the protruding camera" biggest god damn Apple fan boys if I've ever seen one.

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