A brief look inside Apple's antenna labs
Before Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced free iPhone 4 bumpers, he offered a very brief look inside Apple's antenna testing labs.
During Friday's iPhone 4 Web site, the labs consist of 17 antenna characterization, or "anecohoic," chambers that are used to measure overall antenna performance. Various equipment simulates cellular towers, Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth device, and GPS satellites, and the phones are tested in a variety of positions including free space and next to human dummies and real people. The carbon foam on the walls eliminates signal bounce, and a copper seal on the door keeps out radio interference. The whole thing cost $100 million and is staffed by 18 PhD scientists and engineers., Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered a very brief glimpse inside immense padded rooms that make up the company's antenna testing and design labs. According to Jobs, and to statistics posted later on Apple's
Here are a couple of photos of the labs courtesy of Apple. Our favorite is the guy sitting in the high chair in the middle of the big ring. If this were a bizarre tropical island, we'd swear we were watching "Lost." For an explanatory video, click on over to Apple's site.