RUMOR: Apple to Launch Completely Redesigned iPhone in Fall 2012
Posted on December 27, 2011 by eli courey
BGR, who has a record of being wrong about Apple rumors, claims that sources close to Apple are saying that the next iPhone will have a completely new design with an all-aluminum back and released in the fall of 2012.
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.
Jonathan Geller of BGR was wrong on just about every rumor leading up to the release of the iPhone 4S, so I’ve started to take his “sources” about as serious as I take users on Yahoo Answers when it comes to Apple rumors. With that being said, I do think a fall of 2012 release for the next iPhone would be a good guess. Apple has always had a 1 year cycle for releasing new iPhones, with the exception of the iPhone 4S, which exceeded that by only a few months. As far as a redesigned iPhone, I believe that is very likely also, but I believe BGR’s claims are purely speculation.