Ever since the iPhone 4 was first introduced, Apple has had its antenna shown off on the outside of its mobile devices. On the iPhone 4, 5 and 5s it can be seen at the metal ring around the phone while on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus you can see it was the plastic lines going over the top of the top of the phone, drawing a line on the back of the device underneath the camera.
It turns out that Apple isn’t a huge fan of this design and may be working on a way to go back to hiding the iPhone antenna. According to the United States Trademark and Patent office, Apple has filed for a new patent, describing a newly invented material that would allow Apple to hide those antenna lines once and for all.
The patent specifically describes: “Composite structures that have an appearance of an anodized bulk metal but that is non-capacitive and/or radio frequency (RF) transparent are disclosed”.
The above quote is essentially a fancy way of saying that Apple wants to build a completely metal iPhone again, rather than having those plastic lines on the back. Obviously, just because Apple filed a patent does not mean that they will ever use the technology. However, it does sound likely so we may end up seeing a slightly adjusted design on the iPhone 7 come next year.
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KitGuru Says: Apple tends to refresh its iPhone design every two years or so at this point so this trademark filing sounds likely for the iPhone 7 next year.