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Apple Planning Completely Redesigned iPhone for Fall 2012 Launch [Rumour]

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Jonathan S. Geller of BGR is reporting that Apple plans to launch a redesigned iPhone in the fall of 2012. The release is said to be around the same time that the iPhone 4S launched this year. The report goes on to detail that the next iPhone will utilize an aluminum back panel and use a rubber or plastic bezel to protect the device’s antennas from direct skin contact.

We have also learned that Apple is planning to use a rubber or plastic material — similar to the material used in the company’s bumper cases — that will be built into the new iPhone case. In all likelihood, this material will be used as a bezel surrounding the front edge of the phone (like the iPhone 3GS bezel) and it will serve two purposes. First, it will join the glass iPhone face with a new aluminum back plate. It will also cover a redesigned antenna system that surrounds the device, allowing Apple to build the rear case out of aluminum without having to use a large plastic insert above the antennas as the company does on its iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G.

Commenting on the report, 9to5Mac writes that “[t]he last we’d heard from our contacts at Foxconn was that the iPhone 5 would be delivered in the summer of 2012 along with a slightly bigger screen with the same resolution, faster processor and redesigned form factor.”

BGR has a mixed track record when it comes to hardware rumours.

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  • Tigger59

    Hope the rumour is true. I plan to upgrade my iPhone 4 in September 2012.

  • Timr232

    I don’t put any stake in iphone rumours anymore.  After the fall debacle… 

  • Mohammad

    I would love to know the specs, Quadcore or not, do they have a plan to launch LTE AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY DOING ABOUT THE BATTERY ISSUE,Samsung has raised the bar now so hence Apple going with a redesign etc is something they needed to do …

  • Omac

    hope this is true, I need a new phone badly, my white 64gb 4s is so 2011 😉

  • Dennis_got_a_new_Playbook!

    Great another monotone, bland boring design I am sure with an inset circle with a square on it. Actually I heard rumours that Apple is considering putting a triangle instead of a square on the home button. Revolutionary new design cues. Morons will still be lining up for there new Apple phone I can just hear them now in line whispering to eachother “I heard that they changed the white square to a triangle!” LOL…….Simpletons!

  • Anonymous

    Yep, you are so much better then everyone with your “new playbook”.

  • Dennis_got_a_new_playbook

    It takes a big man to admit when he is small. Nice little apple icon, now go upstairs your momma’s calling you for your milk and bananas!

  • Kb

    Bgr is nothing but link bait site.

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