updated 02:10 pm EDT, Thu May 17, 2007
iPhone Earns FCC Approval
Despite its imminent release in June, the iPhone has only just received the seal of approval, according to a document published by the FCC. The Apple device was tested as of March for the safety of its wireless elements, such as its GSM and Wi-Fi transmitters. Most notable may not be what is in the report, but rather what has been left out, the details show. Apple in its submission sent the FCC a special confidentiality letter requesting that no photos of the product or manual be made public for 45 days after approval, breaking with practices often seen with other manufacturers.
"These documents reveal technical and design information that has not been publicly disclosed in such [existing] marketing and that is protected by Apple as confidential and proprietary trade secrets," said Apple EMC and Wireless Compliance manager Robert Steinfeld in the letter.
This secrecy may have stemmed from the iPhone's finger-operated interface, which is at least partially guarded by patents despite similar rivals such as the Prada Phone by LG and Meizu's upcoming miniOne.
Apple has further requested a permanent hold on block diagrams and operational descriptions, along with other items such as a radio schematic. The company has not hinted what may be included in these components that would necessitate this security.