iPhone 7 May Use New Packaging Technology for Antenna Switching Module to Save Space

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Rumors have suggested the iPhone 7 will be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 6s, and a new report from Korean site ETNews shares some technical details on the methods Apple may use to save space internally and shave off precious fractions of a millimeter from the device's size.

    Apple is said to be planning to use a new fan-out packaging technology for the antenna switching module and radio frequency chip in the iPhone 7, which is a feature that allows the iPhone to switch between LTE and other antennas like GSM and CDMA. Fan-out packaging technology allows for a greater number of I/O terminals while cutting down on chip size.

    A mockup of what the iPhone 7 might look like
    Using this packaging method, along with single-chip EMI shields, Apple will be able to fit more components into a single package while minimizing signal loss and also cutting down on the potential for interference in wireless communication. The radio frequency chip built into the antenna switching module is said to include two chips in one package rather than two chips built into a printed circuit board to save space.

    Apple's iPhone 7 is expected to launch in the fall of 2016. Rumors about the device suggest it will look similar to the iPhone 6s, but with redesigned antenna bands and a somewhat thinner chassis. Along with the chip packaging techniques shared today, Apple is rumored to be cutting down on the size of the device through the removal of the headphone jack and the slimming of the Lightning port.

    Article Link: iPhone 7 May Use New Packaging Technology for Antenna Switching Module to Save Space
  2. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Thinner and lighter instead of improving battery life. Classic.
  3. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    Yet where is this creativity when it comes to battery tech?
  4. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Atleast the inside is going to look different...
  5. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I wonder if this is what enables them to change the external antenna window design? Would be pretty funny if their antenna design change led to another antennagate. I don't think it will, but it would be pretty funny. I think they're much better at testing things like that than they used to be.
  6. Erphern macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    Could it not be thicker, less bendy, and with better battery life? I mean, wouldn't that be... better?
  7. einsteinbqat macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2012
    Gosh! Enough with the thinning of the device, already. The device is thin enough already. Improve the battery for goodness sake. Shaving off fractions of millimetres... rubbish!
  8. ConnorMcJeebus macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2016
    The relative lack of Mac rumors compared to iPhone, iPad and :apple:watch rumors is worrisome. This site may need to be renamed.
  9. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Not necessarily. The "bendy" criticism could be addressed by materials and engineering. The battery criticism is really a compromise no matter how you look at it. The question is how much thicker and heavier would they have to make it to achieve any significant battery improvement? If the performance would only gain 30 minutes to an hour, I'm not sure the trade-off would be worth it for everyone.

    Apple seems to have decided, based on essentially consistent performance with slight improvements year after year that the current battery life is acceptable for most people, and for those on the fringes who need more have various battery enhancing options available to them.
  10. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    But all those rumours are for the iPhone 7s
  11. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Since day one with my 6s+, I've wished it could be fractions of a millimeter thinner. Finally, I can be reassured it will be a reality.

  12. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Outside of the MB, nothing has really happened with Macs. It's unfortunate, but whatayagonnado?
  13. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    No, the endgame is that we have the screen surgically embedded into our forearm. Our body is the antenna and the electricity we create within out bodies does the rest.

    BTW: Contract free, but the surgery is $ 799.00 designed by Apple, performed in China, which by then has 4 million iPhone surgeons.

    Still 16GB.

    .....and don't say there wouldn't be enough kooks to try this.
  14. zone23 macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2012
    Sounds like they spent plenty of time figuring out how to make it thinner but couldn't figure out a way to make the bezel on the top smaller, great..
  15. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    The technology sounds great but I'd be afraid of a lot of Rev A issues. I'd get the 7S.
  16. detayls macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2010
    For goodness sake. We need better battery life and not thinner phones! How hard is that to understand?
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    This is by far the thinnest phone I've used. Enough with the thinness and give me more tech options. The wireless charger for the GS7 is actually kind of nice. Not for everyone, but it'd be nicer than that silly dock.

    How about an extended battery case for the Plus model?

    I don't know . . . I don't get paid to do this, but I do know that it's pretty darn thin already. Improve battery life, and find other places to innovate.
  18. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

    Cole Slaw

    Oct 6, 2006
    Why even call it the iPhone 7?
    Should be iPhone 6SS.
    The antenna lines are different, yawn...
    Can't they come up with something new, design-wise?
  19. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    This is more reason for me to get an iPhone SE. I don't want it thinner. I go caseless and my 6+ is already super slippery.
  20. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    Yep, it looks like an iPhone, when are they going to change the name to :apple: Phone?
  21. DudeDad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    Where does is say that battery life will not be improved? You may be making an assumption....
  22. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Don't really care about fractions of a MM in reduced thinness. Phones are already thin enough. And we all know Apple wouldn't use any extra space created for more battery capacity...
  23. DudeDad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    [QUOTE="Digital Skunk, post: 22746554, member: 93160" The wireless charger for the GS7 is actually kind of nice. Not for everyone, but it'd be nicer than that silly dock.[/QUOTE]

    I have my 6 in a dock at work...it stands upright, and allows me to see and use it while it's charging. If it's laying flat to charge, it's basically useless during charging. I think "wireless" charging is kind of cool, but overrated. Besides, it's not really wireless. If it could charge at a certain distance from the thing plugged into the wall, we'd have something there...
  24. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
    Eventually they'll be so thin they'll need to include a suction cup in the box to pick the damn things up
  25. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Hahaha I LOVE the fume every article about the iPhone being thinner creates. Personally I want it as thin as possible, I love being awkward, and I love how angry people get over the thought of a thinner phone :cool:

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