Originally Posted by cmf2
Seriously, if Apple thought putting 3G in the Apple logo was a good idea, they would have done it with the iPad, which has a much larger Apple logo.
Yeah, it's one of the clues telling you that this whole report is bogus nonsense.
Apple is not going to replace the giant steel antenna
they currently have on the outside of the device for a smaller
antenna with poorer
reception located inside the device. Even if they did, encasing that smaller antenna inside an aluminium shell is just doubling-down on the stupidity.
The Wi-Fi antenna on the iPad already has problems and it has literally 8 times the surface area
of the logo on the iPhone. Additionally, talk of a "special resin" that conducts Wi-Fi is pure garbage and whomever uttered the words knows sweet f*ck-all about science, eletro-magnetics, design or probably anything at all. Plastic is plastic, they are pretty much all radio-transparent.
The iPhone 4 is the best design they've come out with for a while, significantly changing it up after the very first time they use it is the stupidest thing Apple could do (at least without a clear reason to do so). I would expect the next two or three iPhones will use this same basic design of the annular metal ring and the two radio-transparent cover plates. It's a fabulous design and it works really well in practice.
Another way to look at it is if you look at each of Apple's products, the first model is usually quite different from the rest and by the time they get to the second or perhaps third model, they usually have the design kind of "set in stone" and the only things that change from there on in are details. It was the same with the iPod, and the Air and lots of other stuff too.
iPhone 4 is the reference design IMO and it won't change significantly for a while. Thinner and smaller perhaps, different materials for the back plate maybe (but not aluminium), but I wouldn't expect any real design changes.