Apple Planning Completely Redesigned iPhone for Fall 2012 Launch?

bgr 2012 iphone mockupBGR reports that Apple is planning to launch a completely redesigned iPhone in the fall of next year, following the trend set by the iPhone 4S of new hardware being released later in the year as opposed to the mid-year timeframe used previously.

According the report, the next iPhone will utilize an aluminum back panel rather than the glass found on the iPhone 4 and 4S. The new design will reportedly also see the incorporation of a rubber or plastic bezel covering similar to that used on Apple's iPhone bumpers, with the covering serving 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.

BGR has a mixed track record when it comes to hardware rumors, coming relatively close on Apple's late 2011 iPhone lineup while missing with a claim of a redesigned WiMAX iPhone 5 exclusive to Sprint.

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Top Rated Comments

emvath Avatar
145 months ago
My sources tell me that the new iPhone will be even better than the last one!
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vincenz Avatar
145 months ago
I hope I'm not the only one who hopes Apple doesn't release an iPhone that looks like a mini iPad.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tardman91 Avatar
145 months ago
No sense in getting all worked up about it now. Who knows when the new iPhone will launch? Only the top folks at Apple. I don't even know why peolpe bother with all this speculation crap. Just enjoy your 4S.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
utwarreng Avatar
145 months ago
Quoting BGR ftl. Their track record is sad at best. Can't we at least let the 4S be out for a full quarter of a year before predicting the next iPhone?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jackrv Avatar
145 months ago
I heard from a guy who knows someone who used to be in rehab with someone who knew a teaching assistant for a teacher that taught someone who knew someone that delivered mail to Foxconn who told me that the next iPhone will be a complete redesign in 2012, based on this picture accidentally left by an Apple Employee in a bar.

Any BGR employee that wishes to hire me now can send me a PM.


Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bchagey Avatar
145 months ago
Excited for a redesign. I would like an iPhone that won't shatter on both sides from an accidental drop.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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