Iphone 6 antenna

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  1. nhamp07 macrumors regular

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    My 6 seems to have lte more than my wife's 5s. Is the antenna more receptive or something?
     
  2. Alimar macrumors 6502a

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    The two white plastic strips on the back of the 6/6+ are more receptive. I read somewhere that the Apple logo  on the back is also an antenna.
     
  3. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    How did you determine this? Please don't say "she has more dots than me".
     
  4. nhamp07 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Numerous times on our road trip today I had lte on my 6 when she had 4g. I also came into the lte areas much sooner than her.
     
  5. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I notice that my 6 is better than my 5s as well
     
  6. hamiltonDSi macrumors 65832

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    I see no difference between my 6 and 5s both on Orange's 4G LTE Network in Romania.
     
  7. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    Not very scientific, look at the dBm signal level when side by side to compare.
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It's because the iPhone 6/6+ supports more LTE bands.
     
  9. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't need my ATT microcell at my house anymore with 6+, my wife still needs it with her 5s
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I noticed this as well. I would hope that the antenna bands on the back of the phone improved it :)
     
  11. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Pieces of plastic improved the signal?
    Regardless, the signal reception needed improving because the i5 and 5S were lousy on that front.
     
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I thought they were there b.c the antenna cannot pass through the metal frame. In the past, they had the splits in the frame.
     
  13. Brownbox88 macrumors newbie

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    The Apple logo does not serve as antenna.
     
  14. Alimar macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Good to know.
     
  15. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Not necessarily.....that's a pretty bad statement...
     
  16. Adriano73 macrumors newbie

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    I know I get a signal in places at work where I couldn't get a signal on my 5s.
     
  17. Derek87 macrumors 6502

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    my experience has been mixed coming over from an iPhone 5 up to an iPhone 6.

    i think the 6 does hold LTE longer and operates better at slightly lower dbm levels; however, when LTE is non existent, the iPhone 5 seems to have a more sensitive antenna that can pull in 4G better. (compared against the iPhone 5 which my wife is now using) the 5 can show marginal service (can be unusable or usable, dependeing on the situation) while the 6 shows "no service."
     
  18. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Oh dear. The iPhone 5 has the worst reception of any phone I've ever owned.
     
  19. Bahroo macrumors 68000

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    Umm yeah...it is a improved design, their most advanced iPhone ever made so far, with the best possible antenna design that they could come up with at the time, I would expect it to have better service, going from 4/4S to 5 gave better signal and service, same thing with this, superior antenna design
     
  20. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I disagree. My i4, despite 'Antennagate', had MUCH better reception than my i5.
     
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    I believe that the metal top and bottom case sections are the antennas. (Just as with the original HTC phone that used the same setup. Apple has a cross license with HTC.)

    The plastic strips isolate the two antennas from the middle piece of the back.

    According to the FCC SAR report, the bottom is the primary antenna, but either one can be used for any band.
     
  22. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I think this is only for iPads.
     
  23. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    FYI I don't think doing a speed test of two phones directly next to each other is very scientific at all....theres a ton of reasons but one being that one device is always going to be blasting its signal back "louder" than the other device and even minor interference will cause dropped packets....I mean these phones can put out a max of what 1-1.6watts?! Plus to get the right comparisons you'd need to make sure they were both on the same serving cell....

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    Makes sense....the bottom of the phone is a popular spot for antenna placement to meet the SAR requirements. I did not know Apple had a cross license with HTC...pretty interesting, I knew about the HTC Antenna design and figured Apple "got around" the patents somehow but I guess they didn't need to. I've heard the NFC antenna is just behind the Apple logo, not sure how accurate that is though.
     
  24. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I've noticed my 6 keeps a signal much better than my 4S, especially when I'm in my schools underground building.
     
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