A new rumor from Boy Genius Report claims that Apple’s next gen iPhone will in fact be a major revamp of the current iPhone 4. As the above concept from This is my next shows, the iPhone 5/4S could very well have a slimmer, ‘teardrop’ design with an aluminum back.

BGR’s sources peg the next iPhone announcement for August, instead of the September reports we’ve been hearing. Instead of an unveiling at Apple’s usual music event in September, Apple could break tradition and hold a stand-alone event for the next iPhone in mid August.

“BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored. We have been told by a reliable source to expect a radical new case design for the upcoming iPhone, though we have not been given any additional details surrounding the design of the new iPhone case.”

This is my next previously reported from their sources that Apple was planning a significant redesign of the iPhone. Instead of simple boost in CPU and camera quality, the device was rumored to be a total re-thinking of the iPhone 4.

“What about a release, then? The consensus is that Apple is going to announce the next-generation iPhone at the company’s annual September event, traditionally focused on iPods, but we have heard it’s quite possible Apple will break tradition. According to our source, Apple may hold an event in the beginning or middle of August to announce the new iPhone, with availability to follow in the last week of August.”

This part of BGR’s report is definitely interesting considering Apple’s track record. In the past, Apple has always held a music event in September that focuses on new iPods. Based on previous rumors and the introduction of the Verizon iPhone this year, it looks like Apple could break its typical announcement cycle in the coming months.

It’s almost here, folks! Stay tuned.

  • William

    I really hope that the above pic isn’t iPhone 5. How you supposed to hold that phone without accidentally touching the screen?

    • omakad

      Uncle Steve will teach us again how to hold it right 🙂

      • IndiePhoenix

        LOL! :))

  • AppleBits

    I agree with William. Not sure I’m digging on it even being eye-pleasing. Huh. What would be the purpose for making all slanted like that? Maybe to set it on the table and be able to view it better (not flat)? Who does that? Really?

  • babeh

    short sell life for white iphone4 if september launch is true.

  • SpideyRules

    If that is the next design, then I’m going to stick with my iP4 for as long as humanly possible.

    Sorry, Apple, but that just looks crappy…

  • Ja808hi

    I think I will pass on the next iPhone upgrade. Unless it’s 4g

  • Rick

    That design is simply terrible 🙁

  • The above picture is just a concept. I’m sure Apple will do something better. No need to freak out.

    • Napoleon_PhoneApart

      Thanks for the injection of sanity.

  • KP1877

    I am hoping for a new design. I HATE having a glass back on my phone. I love my iPhone 4, but miss the 3GS body

    • William

      I love the glass back, unlike 3G/3GS, it’s scratch-proof.

      • Jdubs08

        I believe everyone would say the glass back is too fragile though. I do like the somewhat scratch proof design, but way too fragile.

      • William

        I’m not sure if it’s fragile either. My iphone had a bumper on, I’ve dropped the phone onto hard surface many many times (yeah, i’m pretty careless), and it’s still in one piece.

      • WC

        Yeah. It’s not fragile and it’s not “glass”. it’s Aluminosilicate and it’s tough as nails. Much stronger than the old enamel back.

        How much of people’s concern is psychological? I think “glass” makes people nervous.

    • Jon Garrett

      just dont drop it. and if you do, only drop it on your carpet.

  • Cameron

    Apple need to make an iPhone Air

  • Jdubs08

    I doubt this is the design either. Apple is always great with their designs so really no need to freak out on this one. I really like the iPhone 4 design but it’s too fragile with the glass back. I was actually going to be okay with a similar body style and a 3.7 inch screen, retina display, dual core and 8 megapixel camera. This appears to just be my opinion only. 🙂

  • AnotherBrian

    What’s wrong with a glass back? I’ve had no case on mine for over a year now. Just a clear protective film not one scratch not one dent or broken glass (knock on wood). I can see for some it would be a problem though, my daughter drops her phone all of the time. But I can’t figure that one out, just get a otter box it your a dropper.

    I don’t like the design of the above picture that much either but I didn’t think I would like the iPhone 4 when the pics where leaking. Now I think the iPhone 4 way is the best looking phone on the market and way better than previous models. Just wish the screen was a little bigger, not a lot but a little because I do like the size and thinness of the iPhone 4.

  • Burge

    If the new iPhone looked like that….I want it more now then ever …at least I know I’ll get one judging by the commets above…apple want sell out on the first day ….

    • MrA

      Without a doubt Apple will sell out.

  • cg

    Y’all didn’t hear?!

    They fired the Apple designer that did the previous iPhones (was costing Apple too much salary-wise) and in order to save on the bottom line for their shareholders and exec team, they hired someone much cheaper, nevermind he was not the better person for the job, but it did save a lot of $$ in labor force cost and from the design it looks like material cost as well, which was the primary objective as is throughout in the corporate world being run by the bean counters.

    • rdqronos

      Apple wouldn’t fire the best designer they had just to save money.

    • Josh

      YEAH RIGHT, ‘CAUSE APPLE IS WORRIED ABOUT SAVING MONEY. Steve Jobs shits money, LITERALLY (Eats ours and digests it back out) He’s a GENIOUS and people follow him everywhere (random comment lol)

    • Wm

      You mean Jonathan Ive? No they did not fire Jonathan Ive. You’re making things up

  • rdqronos

    Apple couldn’t make a phone this thin, unless Samsung figured out a way to embed the chips into (not soldered on top of) the logic board. If Samsung did figure out how to this, though, more power to them.

  • sjkgldkajfal

    This is the ugliest phone I have ever seen. The iPhone 5 had better not look like this.

  • Brandon

    I really hope the next iPhone will be a major upgrade, in specs and design, I remember reading long ago that some expert said iOS5 will be the major selling point of the next iPhone. But if the iOS has already been introduced, and the excitement is somewhat going down, I’m hoping that this means there are gonna be significant hardware changes .

  • Ben

    Seen this design before, it was (then) supposed to be the iPhone 4.

  • That would be 3 broken traditions this year

    1. XCode availible publicly on the Mac App Store

    2. Not introducing hardware at WWDC

    3. Holding a stand-alone event for the next iPhone in mid August.

  • Braulio

    64gb!!! Same design with an aluminum back would look sick!!!

  • I am hoping for a new design. I HATE having a glass back on my phone. I love my iPhone 4, but miss the 3GS body