By now, most of you are aware of the growing feud between Apple and Samsung. The Cupertino company believes that Samsung is infringing on their intellectual property by copying design traits of their popular iDevices.

The latest chapter in this tale of litigation has found Apple and Samsung battling it out in a Sydney courtroom. The fighting has halted shipments of Australia-bound Galaxy Tabs for the time being, and it may have also yielded details about Apple’s upcoming smartphone…

Channel News, an Australian tech site, reported last night about an interesting patent application filed by Apple at the end of July as part of their court battle. The site came across the filing in Australia’s IP databases, which describes a mysterious Apple device. They’re suggesting it’s the iPhone 5:

“The handheld electronic device includes at least a single seamless housing having a front opening and a cover disposed within the front opening and attached to the seamless housing without a bezel. The invention relates to a seamless housing formed of a single sheet of metal.”

We’ve actually heard rumors in the past few months suggesting that the iPhone 5 would have a metal backing. There was also mention in the text that the gadget was “lighter and thinner than previous Apple devices,” which we’ve also been hearing tossed around.

While Apple Inc. is indeed listed as the applicant on the patent, the inventions mentioned within it are hard to decipher. There are mentions of cellular technology in the documents, but the accompanying graphics seem to depict an iPod touch-like device with a headset jack on the bottom.

We just got ahold of the patent application last night, so give us the weekend to look it over in-depth. If you want to check out the filing for yourself, you can read through the application in its entirety here. Let us know if you find anything interesting.

Thoughts?

  • s-s-s-s-sexy. Now I need to get some new trousers.

  • Saleh

    i wish this is the real one
    so sexy 😀

  • James

    I’ve always preferred the 3GS shape to the iPhone 4 and a similar shape iPhone 5 but with metal instead of plastic, or glass (which is stupid anyway imo) would be so much better, I hate the glass, it’s too fragile and makes me ultra careful and almost not want to use it incase it scratches or breaks.

    • Jason

      every single one of my friends that has the 4 prefers the 3GS design. I have a 3GS but will def get the 5.

  • kokhean

    So they’ll be changing it to look like an iPod touch?

    • Ronaldo

      I would say, more like iPad.

  • Ramses

    I agree with James’  the shape and look of the iPhone4 just didn’t work for me!

  • wuih keren coi

  • Izac

    Maybe it is a iPod touch with 3G as leaked

  • If it does not turn air into water then I don’t want it.

    • Cristian

      There’s an app for that.

  • Cristiano

    I’ve waited to buy iPhone until iPhone 4, just because I didn’t like the 3G/S cheap plastic rounded black/white design. But if this is the 5, it’s the kind that I expected for iphone4.

  • i love the i4 design wayyy better than the previous!

  • OCD Steve Jobs

    who cares what the back looks like. change the outdated front! 5 years of the same front look? apple is not innovative.

  • TimCook

    Except on a woman, curves are gay.

    (There, I said it.)

  • Unibody design iPhone. Here we go.

  • Thomas

    I think this design for iPhone 5 would be awesome. Although, if Apple is thinking to put a dual core processor in iPhone 5, it might not work to be that thin. :/ That 5 could also just be the “iPhone 4s”. Just sayin’…

  • mwpitt52

    It needs the back light up with apple logo!

    • Alhenny

      Now that’s gay

  • Dustin

    Well I for one, like the iPhone 3GS Design compared to the iPhone 4. Other than that, the iPhone 5 would look good.