Why "weak spot" at corner instead of on top??

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Luba, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Luba macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    Just saw press conference video and it seems the other smartphones in the video also had the weak spot on the lower left corner. If all the makers know of a weak spot why have it at a location where a user's hand will most likely touch it? It would be better to have the "weak spot" on top of the phone. Any engineers here, or anybody know why Apple (and others) put the "weak spot" on the lower left corner?
  2. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    The FCC doesn't want antennas located at top by users' heads due to radiation concerns.
  3. Luba thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    Ah, ok . . . makes sense. :)

  4. jamaggic macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    SC, thank God
    just poor design

    when you think about it, all cell phones had pull up type antennas near your head for almost two decades, I don't think FCC had any input into the antenna placement, after all; from the bottom of the phone to the top is only a few inches and the radiation is going all the way to some distant cell tower. The issue seems to be the seam on the lower left corner, as the entire stainless steel rim is the antenna, your palm apparently "arcs" over the seam disrupting the signal as simply a piece of tape over the seam apparently improves if not resolves the problem. Just designing the seam to the top right corner, where it's usually not handled would have minimized the problem. Poor attention to detail on apple's part. I also think that the free bumper is a simpleton's response as the stylish design was the eye catcher of the ip4.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    and for years cocaine was legal.

    check out this article

    The whole ring is not one antenna, it's actually broken into 3 parts, the bottom, the left with about 1/4 of the top, and the right with about 3/4 of the top.

    the bottom is not an antenna, the other 2 parts are 2 separate antennas, and are specific lengths to help with the signals they carry, so the seams are not just there to look pretty. which is why it causes problems, by connecting those 2 parts, you are changing the length of the antenna.

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