In today's patent news, Cupertino has just gained a patent for a wireless handheld electronic device. That basically means the iPhone, as shown in the drawing above.
Of course the patent system is very strange for those who aren't seasoned in patent law, so it's hard to totally say what this patent is. As you may know, a single device like the iPhone may carry various patents within it, such as the menu systems, the methods in which it does certain things and even down to various components.
Here's what the patent describes:
A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. One or more antennas for the handheld electronic device may be formed from the ground plane and one or more associated antenna resonating elements. Transceiver circuitry may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. Ferrules may be crimped to the coaxial cables. A bracket with extending members may be crimped over the ferrules to ground the coaxial cables to the housing and other conductive elements in the ground plane. The ground plane may contain an antenna slot. A dock connector and flex circuit may overlap the slot in a way that does not affect the resonant frequency of the slot. Electrical components may be isolated from the antenna using isolation elements such as inductors and resistors.