Fixing the iPhone Antenna? 2


Gizmodo released a (doctored) photo of the iPhone 5 with improved antenna.

Gizmodo’s latest scoop – photos of a prototype iPhone 5 with improved antenna.This is a spoof, but it does raise interesting questions about the sacrifices accepted in antenna performance for the sake of aesthetics.

I actually *would* do this to my cell phone because the factor of four improvement in sensitivity would more than outweigh the inconvenience of extending a whip antenna in marginal signal areas. I’m the only AT&T customer in our office with good, reliable coverage because the others all have iPhones. Alas, the days of the telescoping whip antenna are probably gone, so far as cell phones are concerned.


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2 thoughts on “Fixing the iPhone Antenna?

  • Eric

    I only buy phones with a whip antenna. As far as I’m concerned, the iPhone is a pretty lousy phone. I think its more appropriate to call the iPhone a (high quality) palmtop instead of a (lousy) phone. I also prefer to use a real camera when taking photos. That’s why I stick to the iPod touch.. it has the palmtop capabilities (“apps”), but without the monthly payments..