Originally Posted by DanaCameron
Didn't Apple design the original iPhone with the plastic transceiver cover at the bottom to put it as far away from the head as possible?
Yeah, they'd probably rather put it on the bottom again. As long as the plug surrounding is metal so it doesn't crack, that would be ok.
The 2G design is actually how I imagined the 3rd party external phone addon would look. Just a small plastic base with some cell phone parts. It would be so easy to sell your device again without worrying that it's locked to one carrier. The iPhone is on all carriers now anyway so it's no big deal.
Originally Posted by mstone
It seems that in order to comply with FCC regulations the logo will need to be very close to the bottom of the device, in a rather unattractive placement, at least with respect to Apple's typical branding.
Surely the regulations just ensure that the concentration of the waves doesn't pass through the head in which case the antenna could go anywhere as long as the waves are blocked from moving in the direction of the head. Other phones have their antennas on the top - you can see some in Apple's death grip videos where they cover parts near the top of the phone. Here's a diagram for symbian phones:
Whatever they decide to do, I think we can rest assured they'll test it fully this time in the field even if they have to drive round in a car that has a booth like the pope mobile with tinted windows so no one sees what they're up to.