Apple iPhone 4S Case Shows Changed Antenna Design

August 27, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Rumor mills are already busy with the happenings around Apple’s iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. To add to the business, the case design of the cheaper version of iPhone 4 has been revealed.

The design suggests that Apple has made changes to the antenna design as well. The mid frame images show two antenna breaks at the bottom of the casing, which are believed to provide support for different mobile frequencies.

The antenna breaks in this one are different from both the GSM and CDMA versions of the iPhone 4 of AT&T and Verizon. In the AT&T version, the antenna breaks are found in two spots while in the Verizon version, they are both at the top side of the casing.

There is a slot for a SIM card which suggests that at a minimum, it will support the GSM standard like AT&T’s iPhone 4. The design also shows that unlike the iPhone4, this one does not have a defined Home Button area, according to iFixit’s Scott Head.

There is a cut out area in the iPhone 4’s corresponding part. It is also being said that Apple might change the Home Button area on the iPhone 5.

The mute switch and the volume switches are on the same side of the casing, like the iPhone 4. It is believed that these are the parts of the iPhone 4, but these may also be the parts of the iPhone 5 as well.

We are all ears for further developments in this matter.

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