Apple iPhone 4S gets stacked with an iPhone 4, Samsung could sue on the antenna design

Apple iPhone 4S gets stacked with an iPhone 4, Samsung could sue on the antenna design
A Vietnamese newspaper has gotten a hold on the iPhone 4S, and has snapped a few photos of it stacked up with an iPhone 4 to illustrate the design differences. They are subtle, but changes in the outer chassis do exist, and will most likely lead to new cases needed for the iPhone 4S, since the dimensions of the new iPhone are slightly different than those of the fourth generation.

The biggest change besides the slightly taller chassis of the iPhone 4S (4.54" vs 4.5") are the notches in the steel band surrounding the iPhone 4S. Apple's engineers have redesigned the reception area after the "you're holding it wrong" drama last year, and have moved the notch from near the headphone jack on top of the iPhone 4, to above the mute button on the left side of the iPhone 4S. Since the new iPhone sports new dual antenna design, there is one more notch above the microSIM slot on its right side, making them four in total.

This new antenna design, however, could run Apple into legal trouble with Samsung, should the Koreans decide to pursue its patents on technology that "intelligently switches between multiple antennas", which they bought from Aalborg University in 2007. Professor Gert Pedersen there says that Apple's statement about the antenna sounds an awful lot like what his team sold to Samsung four years ago. "Improving on the innovative stainless steel external, dual-antenna design of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive”, said Phil Schiller when he took the stage during the iPhone 4S announcement.

Samsung's patents now cover switching antennas when the phone is held in landscape or portrait mode, which presumably will also be a feature present in the new iPhone 4S, so Professor Pedersen had some more comments on the issue:

Professor Pedersen might certainly be planting ideas in Samsung's legal team heads, despite that the Koreans allegedly decided to keep it down a notch with the counter-lawsuits, in the hope that the new CEO Tim Cook will be more reasonable in the litigation department.

source: Comon via 9to5Mac & Xaluan

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Come on, say it with me: ee-nuh-vay-shun! That's what they keep on bragging about. That's what they have not had for quite some time.

14. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Benchmarks suck. Quad Core Tegra 3 will eat your iAss alive.

15. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

all these other phones do is give you more specs that you dont even need or use. The funny thing i was just making jokes about Quad core phones yesterday and now you... well you get it. lol. loosers on probably still have flip phones

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

my kyocera echo sucks, has virtually the same specs as your junky iphone except for the retina screen but who needs that many freakin pixels in a 3'5 screen? and its still better just because it has android 2.3 on it.

45. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

No one cares about your echo!! It is bottom shelf, we in here are talking about top shelf phones.

34. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

wtf is that whole last sentence about learn how to type n how to speak before you go on typing...pendejo

2. koreampuff unregistered

I'm not going to lie when I say I'm excited that Sammy has some new workable ammo. Let's get the settlements in and innovation gearing on!

3. Sammy345 unregistered

Hey Apple karma is a B!

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, so perhaps Apple's bad luck with antennae continues with its fifth consecutive phone? It's seriously like the curse of the Bambino or something. How many more iPhones need to be released before they release an antenna that doesn't suck, have a design issue, or get Apple in legal trouble?

25. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

He's talking out the ass again.

44. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dont believe rumors.. remember?.....

46. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

5. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

really ? apple is copying someone ? it is a long history of apple to do that since apple exists


Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

the mere fact that ios is much stable compared to android + better quality apps is enough to drive iphone sales....... the critics are either jealous idiots or those who cannot afford it or hackers who are unable to do tinkering with it....... for a normal guy nothing comes closer for being the best smartphone as iphone.......

7. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

while i wont deny i love to tinker with my phone, its the fact that i was able to grab some music off my co workers flash drive and drop it on my phone and was able to play, all done while being at work, which is why i decided to not get another iphone. the idea that i need a program to load files onto my phone is a big deal breaker for me

18. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Actually, you CAN drag/drop music on iPhone. Use a tiny app "SharePod." It actually works really well. You can even sync playlists back into iTunes, or be iTunes free if you like.

21. lollercaust unregistered

"the idea that i need a program to load files" Maybe you're confused, but a "tiny app" is also referred to as a program. And having to install a program to put an MP3 onto what is essentially a glorified flash drive with playback capability is absurd.

26. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Actually, it's not absurd. For those of us that enjoy our playlists/smart lists/play counts/ratings/last-played metadata synced across all devices, having an app (iTunes) do that for you is awesome. This inherently makes it pretty tough to do a drag/drop from win would wipe out any play counts or ratings. The point is, SharePod gives you that flexibility if you don't care about the abovementioned metadata. And seriously? "App" vs "Program?" Come on, dude, toe-may-toe...toe-mah-toe. An app is an application, which is essentially a program. If you want to split hairs, I am actually more correct; an application is an executable file that performs a task. A program would be the code that is run within an application in order to perform that task.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

OBJECTION!!!!!!!! My god the isheeps stupid argument that everyone is jealous because they can't afford an iPhone is getting really tiredsome. First of all moron, the iPhone is priced at 99 to 199 depending on what model and storage amount you get. There are plenty of people who have android phones who paid 200+ dollars on them. So your argument that we're jealous because we cannot afford one is stupid and invalid. It isn't 2007 anymore fool when the iPhone was 600 dollars, just about anyone can get an iPhone. I have seen people who work at shell stations have iPhones. I have seen people who work fast food jobs also have iPhones.

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

iphone 3gs at att&t is now free iphone 4 8Gb is $99 on 2 year contract and the 4s is between $199 and $399 depending on storage capacity.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Good job spamming the exact same comment as on the other thread.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dont respond to this. its some idiot posting this same message across the threads.

39. David Heim unregistered

@THE_GAME5 You sir, are a f**king idiot and must be one of the stupid consumers who are consumed with the thought of Apple being the best at everything when it comes to their iPhones. I won't deny that there are some perks that makes the iPhones one of the best phones in the market, but you're statement just totally made me want to retaliate. Does Apple have flash on their iPhones or iPads? f**k NO! (Don't even dare think about including the Macbook because I'm talking about phones and tablets and not f**kING computers!) Does Apple have durable products at all? f**k NO! Their iPhones are easy to break after a drop from 2 f**kING feet on cement! At least other smartphone makers (HTC, Samsung, Nokia, etc.) HAVE DURABLE PHONES THAT DON'T BREAK UPON CONTACT ON THE FLOOR! Who said that people can't afford iPhones anyways? There might be some who can't afford it, but hell, a lot of people who have smartphones can usually AFFORD an iPhone, but choose not to because they might think the OS is too simple (at least for me, it is) Also, QUALITY DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE PHONE IS PERFECT! Look at the f**king iPhone! High quality material, but a fragile infrastructure doesn't make a superior phone. So don't make such idiotic assumptions! But hey, I'm not gonna stop you from liking your iPhone, which you call "the best smartphone". JUST DON'T SHOVE YOUR f**kING BELIEFS ON TO OTHERS BECAUSE THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN!

42. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Whoa. Make that triple espresso a double next time.

43. bsweetftbll

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I realize flash used to be this really cool thing, but its non a surprise that flash is fading away, in fact adobe is pretty much giving up on it, and has already started. they have already given out tools to convert websites flash to HTML5. I understand that there is a few people out there that just NEED flash. and thats coo. but just because apple chose to skip flash on their os doesn't mean its less powerful. IMO also, i do believe there was an article on here a few months ago, about an air force pilot that dropped his iPhone out of his plane a few thousand feet up in the air, used the 'find my phone' app, tracked it down, and aside from a few scratches, it still powered up and worked! so i don't buy this garbage about a plastic phone that i feel could be cracked in half if i sat on it, is stronger that a phone that can survive a 1000ft free fall.

48. David Heim unregistered

That's only one iPhone user that happened to survive. And it depends on where it fell too. You're basically saying that the iPhone has a solid structure and all, but I disagree upon the infrastructure of the phone. That's only one person out of the millions of iPhone owners around the world who happen to break their phone by dropping it from cement.

10. irf unregistered

It's more about the hardware now rather then software and plus 4 inch screen is a must whatsoever

19. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Hm, don't know when it's ever been "more about the hardware." Perhaps to the unsuspecting consumer you can simply say that dual core is awesome and you need to have it, but throwing specs out there like, "quad core is just around the corner", "benchmark this and that" are just filler arguments. Give me a good end-user application to have that spec. You need the software to SUPPORT that hardware more than you need a non-optimized awesome spectacle of a piece of hardware.

30. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

lol the screen is the same but the phone got bigger FTL

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