Is All-Aluminum iPhone Wave of the Future?

Apple is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to new hardware, sleek features and minimalist designs. So it may not come as a surprise that the tech giant was granted a new patent on an all-aluminum device that would further enhance its products. 

The new technology is known as a “microslot antenna,” which decreases the amount of hardware and internal space needed to pick up communication bands. The new antenna will improve upon the old version.

“With Apple’s current technology as seen in the iPhone 5, two internal radio antennas dynamically switch between multiple frequency bands, including those carrying fast LTE data. In order to fit the units within the handset’s slim body, Apple had to design a window for radio waves, while keeping the unit small enough to leave room for other important structures like the logic board and battery,” writes Apple Insider’s Mikey Campbell.

The microslot antenna would allow other open slots (made up of conductive material) in the phone’s storage department to pick up signals like that of an antenna. In turn, it would allow Apple’s portable devices (smartphones and tablets) to become even thinner and more compact.

Apple has had some drawbacks with aluminum in the past. The biggest issue the company has had is that the material is prone to scratching and has caused noticeable wear and tear by the pH levels in the phone’s inter-environment.

Still, there is more upside to the technology than anything else. As devices become slimmer and sleeker, the microslot antenna technology is just one step closer in perfecting the iPhone.

If it were me, I already buy a protective case to enshroud my phone. But if you can make the handheld device smaller, than I’m on board.

[per Forbes.com]

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