Apple May Return to Aluminum Back for iPhone 5

| Rumor

Apple may be moving away from the glass back design of the iPhone 4 in favor of aluminum, much like the original iPhone. If true, the design change would bring the iPhone 5 look in line with the iPad and iPod touch.

News of the alleged design change comes from Economic Daily News via Macotakara’s translation into English.

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According the the report’s sources, Apple chose aluminum for the iPhone 5 back because it weighs less than the glass back on the iPhone 4, is less prone to scratches, and doesn’t need to be painted. Painting is apparently a big issue for Apple since it still hasn’t been able to ship a white version of the iPhone 4.

Along with a new case, Apple is said to be changing up the antenna design for the next generation iPhone, too. The antennas in the iPhone 5 will apparently fit behind a radio-transparent Apple logo on the phone’s back, fitting with earlier reports that the company filed a patent for such a design.

The report also claims the iPhone 5 will get the same dual-core A5 processor Apple introduced with the second generation iPad.

Apple hasn’t confirmed any details for the next generation iPhone, so for now reports of design and feature changes should be treated as unconfirmed rumors.

Comments

--Q--

No surprises if it’s true. iPad Nano anyone wink

jfbiii

Bleh…I much prefer the shape of the iPhone 4. Hopefully they’ll keep that and just replace the back glass with aluminum.

Lee Dronick

Hmmm, would they anodize the aluminum and give us colors other than black or white?

skinnybear

Hmmm, would they anodize the aluminum and give us colors other than black or white?

For those who buy a device to be fashionable, nano colors would add to the list of potential buyers.

Lee Dronick

Sir Harry Flashman said:Hmmm, would they anodize the aluminum and give us colors other than black or white?
For those who buy a device to be fashionable, nano colors would add to the list of potential buyers.

They did it with the iPods, but having eight or nine colors probably add to warehousing and shipping costs. I am just thinking that it throw a shoe into the gears of the competition. I would have a case/cover on mine anyway as I suspect most people will.

iphonzie

I’d happily spend an extra $20 for a (RED) version.

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