Apple Rumor: Completely Redesigned iPhone Due Fall 2012

Posted by · December 27, 2011 3:42 pm

Citing a “close source,” BGR reported Tuesday that Apple’s next-generation iPhone (the iPhone 5, perhaps?) is set to launch next fall, around the same time that the iPhone 4S was unveiled this year.

According to the report, Apple plans to use the same type of rubbery plastic material currently found on their bumper cases as built-in protection on the new iPhone case, adding it to the front edge of the phone. This is said to perform a two-fold use. First, it will serve as a bezel, connecting the glass face to a new aluminum back plate. The second purpose of the material will be used to cover a renovated antenna system that the new iPhone will use, doing away with any need for a plastic insert above the antenna.

Finally, the report adds that the upcoming iPhone will have an aluminum case not unlike that found on the iPad 2, as well as a larger, 4-inch display.

Despite the excitement that is bound to build as the Apple rumor mill continues to emanate small details of the next-generation iPhone, it is important to keep in mind that these details are yet to be confirmed. And with Fall 2012 still a ways off, there is plenty that could easily change in coming months.