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RumorTT: Next-gen iPhone may have solid aluminum case if "Microslot Antenna" patent rings true

Solid aluminum casing may be coming to the next iPhone thanks to a patent filed in 2007

By: Charles Gantt from Feb 12, 2013 @ 9:02 CST

The United States Patent and Trade Office have granted Apple a new patent today. The patent describes a new "Microslot Antenna" that would integrate cellular and wireless radio antennas directly into the case materials.

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The patent was filed in 2007, which is why the technical drawing below depicts a notebook instead of a phone. It depicts micron-wide antennas that would be built into the device's housing, which would be able to communicate with cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth, making it the perfect antenna for the iPhone.

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This new patent sets the stage for upcoming iPhone's to have solid aluminum cases which would be thinner and use fewer components. An all-aluminum case would fit perfectly into Apple's companywide design scheme, and would look perfect next to a MacBook Air. What do you think? Will we see an iPhone that is carved from a single block of aluminum any time soon? Let us know in the comments.

NEWS SOURCES:techcrunch.com

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