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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.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Tue, Feb 12 2013 9:02 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:14 PM CDT

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.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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