Apple Drops Design Hints for iPhone Case Guidelines
Smartphone fans that can’t wait to study the internal components of the new iPhone models, and they might be able to extract a few hints from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently updated guidelines for third-party iPhone case designers, reports Apple Insider. The updated “Case Design Guidelines for Apple Devices” now includes sections on the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S models.
The document provides device layouts and dimensions for third-party case makers so they can ensure that their case designs do not interfere with the iPhone’s operation. These case construction recommendations cover the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the True Tone camera flash, and the operation of various other internal sensors.
Apple revealed at a media event on September 10 that the plastic shell of iPhone 5C included an embedded “steel reinforced structure” that functions as a multiband antenna as well as providing additional support for the casing. However, the iPhone 5C schematics in the new guidelines provide additional clues as to how this antenna may work.