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We’ve all used GPS to navigate to a building, but what happens once we get inside? Indoor navigation is more difficult. However, that could change with Apple’s new 2019 iPhones. Here’s what’s going on according to 9to5Mac:


Updated Antenna Structures

Apple is switching antenna suppliers to gain better indoor coverage. Apple is now using a modified-PI antenna structure instead of liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antennas like it did with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The LCP antennas have problems with high-frequency cellular transmission (which makes indoor navigation tricky, if not nonexistent). This is an issue that the new modified-PI antenna structure should fix.

Switching to this new antenna structure will do two things:

  1. Lower costs for Apple
  2. Deliver better indoor navigation coverage for iPhone users

Win-win? We will see when the new 2019 iPhones start rolling out later this year.

Apple is also upgrading 2019 iPhones with ultra-wideband technology, which will also help better boost indoor coverage. Rumor has it, however, that the 2020 iPhones with 5G will probably go back to using LCP antennas.

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