Apple has been dealing with a technical fiasco around the release of the iPhone 4. Today, CEO Steve Jobs held a press conference to address how the company is going to fix a number of bugs with the phone and compensate consumers for the glitches.
Anechoic is a simple combination of Greek roots, an- “not,” and echoic, “pertaining to an echo.” The term originates in electronics to describe anechoic chambers, rooms designed to completely block sound or other electromagnetic waves. The blockage applies both to keeping sound out of the room and reducing the ability of sounds within the room to travel.
If you’ve ever noticed the oddly-shaped panels (acoustic tiles) on the walls and ceilings of restaurants or theaters, you get the idea of the types of materials used to create the anechoic environment. Jobs showed images of Apple’s state-of-the-art chamber that looked like something from outer space. Here’s the quote from Job’s speech: “You have to build these rooms or you don’t get accurate results. This is a state of the art facility. We’ve invested over $100 million on this. We have 17 anechoic chambers.”
Basically, Apple uses these massive rooms to test reception and potential interference from other electronic transmissions.
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