From a ‘close source’, BGR has learned that Apple will apparently be launching an iPhone 5 with an aluminum rear panel and rubber bezel in the Fall of 2012. The redesign will incorporate a new antenna system and would mean that Apple wouldn’t have to incorporate a black plastic panel at the top of the device, much like the one seen in the 3G compatible iPads.
The speculation surrounding an iPhone with an aluminum rear panel has been circulating for a while, particularly prior to the launch of the iPhone 4S. It was reported back in November that an unnamed individual had actually touched a fabled next gen iPhone and that the rear panel was aluminum so it’s nothing new.
We’re hoping that this isn’t the same source that BGR relied upon when they reported that a dramatically redesigned iPhone would launch in August 2011 and that it may even lose the Home button. That would not be advisable.
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