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

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

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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.
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