iPhone 5 will be getting metallic rear casing instead of reinforced glass used for the last model, reports BGR. The report adds that Apple is prepping to launch new iPhone 5 models in the fall next year around the same time that this year’s iPhone 4S launched, citing unnamed sources familiar with Apple product plans.
The sources further claimed that Apple’s next iPhone 5 will be completely re-designed and that the brains at Apple design labs are planning to use a rubber or plastic material as a bezel surrounding the front edge of the phone (like the iPhone 3GS bezel).
Rubber frame will help in joining the frontal glass face with a new aluminum back plate in addition to covering a redesigned antenna system, 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.
It’s not the first time a metal back and bigger screen have been predicted for the fifth-generation iPhone. Few months back, Japanese site Makotakara claimed that the iPhone 5 device will get aluminum back, similar to the one found on the iPad 2 with larger display around 4 inches.
Apple was reportedly having some issues with the glass back on the iPhone 4, which was proving to be less durable than expected. Thousands of users complained about the iPhone 4’s glass back scratching and even cracking. So, dropping glass back in favor of metal is quite obvious. Via [BGR]