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Take a Look Inside Apple's Antenna Lab [Video]

Take a Look Inside Apple's Antenna Lab [Video]

Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:33am by iClarified · 17120 views
Apple invited a few select media members on a tour of its antenna labs after the iPhone 4 press conference yesterday.

Apple referred to the lab as a "black" lab because it was a secret facility that even some employees weren't aware of.

“This is the most advanced lab for doing RF studies that anyone in the world has,” said Phil Schiller, vice president of marketing at Apple. “The designs we do wouldn’t be possible without it.”

According to Wired, Each test chamber is lined with blue pyramid-shaped styrofoam designed to absorb radio-frequency radiation. A robotic arm holding gadgets such as iPads and iPhones spins 360 degrees while a piece of analytics software (ironically running on Windows XP) visualizes the wireless activity of each device. Caballero said each gadget is run through a chamber for at least 24 hours.

There are about 40 engineers working in these labs who hold PhDs in physics and telemetry, constantly testing Apple's devices. In addition to these tests Apple performs mobile ones as well.

Engadget reports, Finally we made our way outside and got a look inside a heavily instrumented van in which Apple testers hit the streets. The vehicle was outfitted with a number of stations for those "heads" and "hands" we saw, as well as spots for human testers to take devices out into the real world and get results. The point here, as with the entire tour, was to demonstrate that Apple takes testing antennas and wireless communications very seriously -- if, in fact, there was any question.

Have a look at Apple's video below...

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Michael - July 17, 2010 at 9:20pm
Loving the state of the art rubberband around the iphone in mac labs
Matt - July 17, 2010 at 10:35pm
I know right! :)
Matt - July 18, 2010 at 1:56am
I know right! ;)
Dragonista - July 17, 2010 at 7:48pm
Im a big fan of Apple design and I would hate to hide the aluminum with rubber Mr. Jobs even said he loves the design of the iPhone4, so why hide it with piece of rubber.... If you remember the prototype iPhone that was found at the bar had a thick rubber case and that is the reason why Apple never noticed the problem I really love Apple products and Mr Jobs but that press confrence was really terrible, Apple should not have compaired the antenna issue with other company products, Apple should be better than that
Ivan - July 17, 2010 at 4:30pm
If I were Apple I would never said on the first place that the frame was the antenna!! If they knew about the issue they should send a bumper case inside the iphone box as part of the included accesories, and probably the antenagate would never have been existed.
byronchurch - July 17, 2010 at 4:11pm
Give up Apple . Your waisting your time .These Republicans aren't playing , Just give the The angry children there money back ! In fact give them an extra $20 if they bring it back sooner Than later !
Rashaad Sallie
Rashaad Sallie - July 17, 2010 at 2:30pm
You invested millions of dollars in equipments and labs, have scientists, basically anything at your disposal and yet (Ivy line) "We HAVENT figured a way to fix the iPhone 4 antenna"
neilgmac - July 17, 2010 at 1:29pm
Rubberband is different to human skin...Fail!
liox30 - July 17, 2010 at 12:58pm
all that technology and the iphone it's holding whit a rubber band???.. Now I understand it need one of it to work correctly...
Jon - July 17, 2010 at 6:39pm
if you watch the whole video the guy had the phone in his hand
Mike - July 17, 2010 at 7:16pm
Lol :)
Matt - July 18, 2010 at 2:03pm
hahah very true
4G - July 17, 2010 at 11:47am
The video ended with the correct words "the very best products WE CAN" so they fall short on this one! I was eagerly waiting for the iPhone 4G to come, but no matter what Apple wants me to believe, I'm not stupid and I'll sit this one out!
Liv - July 17, 2010 at 12:39pm
yeah funny because I have not had a dropped call yet, and this phone is beautifully designed with an amazing screen. Just wait till they ship out new ones. Maybe in october or even next year.
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