What's that sensor above the earpiece??

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  1. Higgs1 macrumors 6502

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    Its very noticeable on the White one, but not on the black......i'm curious to know what sensor that is since i dont' see it on my 3gs either


    thanks for the info if anyone knows
     
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  3. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    The thing above the earpiece is the 2nd mic for noise canceling.

    The front-facing camera is to the left of the earpiece.
     
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  5. calderone macrumors 68040

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    It is where the other sensors are housed.

    On the black one, they are masked by black. On the white, not so much. So instead of big black holes, they choose a grill to hide them.
     
  6. MACis122 macrumors regular

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    i thought thats what the whole on the top near the headphone jack was
     
  7. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    wow, i might be mistaken.. but arent you both wrong haha?
     
  8. vizkiz macrumors 6502a

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    No and no.
    The front facing camera is to the left of the earpiece.
    The 2nd mic is the pinhole on the top of the phone.

    To the OP: I have no idea what the sensor is for.

    This sounds right. They had to move the sensors because of where the camera is. On the black one, they are hidden by the tint of the glass. The couldn't do that with the white one, so it appears they had to make a grill in the glass for it.
     
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  10. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    I think he's talking about the thing that's right above it, not to the side. But it's only noticeable to me on the white iPhone.
     
  11. Higgs1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah i think you're right i didn't think about the camera placement and them having to move the sensors......kinda stands out alot on the white tho
     
  12. mackmgg macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I think its the ambient light sensor and proximity sensor
     
  13. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure it's this ^

    The white color just can't be opaque enough to have the sensors work at all, while the black color can.
     

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