BGR is reporting from a “close source” that Apple has plans to introduce a completely redesigned iPhone 5 in the fall of 2012. The next-generation smartphone will supposedly feature an aluminum casing, much like the iPad 2.

While BGR has gotten iPhone rumors incredibly wrong in the past, the prospect of a redesigned iPhone 5 for 2012 makes sense…

For starters, we can now confidently say that Apple’s next iPhone will launch in the fall next year, around the same time that this year’s iPhone 4S launched. 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.

The rumor mill has been saying that the iPhone 5 will feature an aluminum case and slightly larger display. Many blogs (BGR included) originally said that the completely redesigned iPhone 5 was coming out last year. We’ll see how accurate the rumors are this time around.

  • Awesome!

  • that’d be nice..hopefully its the same prototype we saw earlier this year**

  • Anonymous

    Hope the next new feature for the iphone 5 will be an all-day usage battery life.

  • Joshua Rawlings

    Aluminum…….4″ er?

  • i really dont see Apple building in a rubber bupper into the phone….

  • Oh man i hope the buttons dont look like that. i actually want it to be a rectangle like the 4 and 4s because the volume buttons are pretty much perfect.

  • Anonymous

    I think you guys need to stop calling it the iPhone 5…the 5th gen iPhone is already released as the 4S. It’s time to move on, it’s going to be the iPhone 6…the iPhone 5 is already done with

    • If that was the case, then would the iPhone 4S be the iPhone 6? Since 3GS would be the iPhone 4?

      • Joshua Rawlings

        Justin Mejos is correct

      • Anonymous

        “Justin Mejos is correct”

        Lol, no.

      • Anonymous

        I think you have to realize that the 3GS was the 3rd generation iPhone in the first place. So no, the 3GS isn’t iPhone 4, it’s either the iPhone 3 (3rd gen) or simply 3GS.

    • Anonymous

      Look, the iphone 5 is going to be the 6th gen iphone. Calling it by numerical order doesnt really mean calling it by its generation.

      • Anonymous

        Why not? That’s the way it’s always been for iPhones for pre release anyways. When the new iPhones were going to come out sites called it the iPhone 2, 3, 4, 5. Why? Because it refered to the generation number.
        The only iPhone that bared a single number was the iPhone 4 for its generation.
        3G referred to the iPhone 2 having 3G
        iPhone 3 or 3GS as the “S” was for speed.
        iPhone 4 for, well iPhone 4

        So why is this next iPhone any different than all the other iPhones? It’s not. The next iPhone is the 6th Generation iPhone, or iPhone 6. A naming convention Apple uses. Only reason this article put iPhone 5 is probably cause he was stuck on thinking back in the days when everyone made a big hoopla over a bigger screen that was rumored to be in the iPhone 5. Jeffyg3 is right as weare no longer talking about the iPhone 5. Like he said, the writer of this article needs to move on

      • Anonymous

        Dude, don’t you get it? My point is apple will call their next iPhone model iPhone 5 but it’s the 6th generation iPhone. When the writer wrote about iPhone 5, he is talking about next iPhone after iPhone 4s

      • Anonymous

        Skem. You honestly think Apple will call their next iPhone the iPhone 5 even though they already released the iPhone 5 (4S) early this year?

        I think we all know what phone Alex Heath was talking about. But calling it the iPhone 5 is like calling the iPhone 4 the iPhone 3. We might know what he’s talking about, but that doesn’t make it correct

      • Anonymous

        @karma32 first the iPhone 3G, then the iPhone 3GS, now the iPhone 4 and the 4S. . There is a pattern and I think we can all safely assure that apple will either call their 6th generation iPhone, iPhone 5 or iPhone 4G – due to 4G being mainstream by next year.

      • @Skem. Judging how Apple does things. It’ll be either called something else like the 4G or iPhone 6. Apple doesn’t go by names people think it will be from rumor mills such as this. Their naming conventions have been 6th Generation or 6. Why you think Apple will call it the iPhone 5 6th Generation is beyond me.

  • Anonymous

    yet more pointless air headed waffle, who cares about rumurs, just wait and be grateful for what we end up getting when its released.

    • Anonymous

      The money must be worth it.

      • Anonymous

        yea agree but we all know it’s cost will be somewhere in the ballpark of the current device no matter what the armchair ‘experts’ predict it’ll look like. all this rumour nonsense this far from the release date is just pointless speculation splurged out by someone who thinks their brainfart is so important that the masses need know about it, it’s all one big egotistical c**kstroke to make themselves sound important. why do we need to read or listen to this crap.

      • Anonymous

        Since apple just bought a flash memory company in israel, maybe we will see a nice price drop for apple products next year.

  • That looks like the back of my iPod touch 4.

    • Anonymous

      Looks a lot more like the back of an iPad 2. A light greyish color.
      The iPod Touch back was shiny silver that scratches easier than any electronic decice I have ever had. It’s a pretty back, but horrible scratch protection.
      Lol, let’s hope Apple no longer uses that silver back for any of their future products.

      • Anonymous

        The iPod touch’s back is made of stainless steel just to be clear.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I know. I was referring to the color of the backing. You should see the back of my iPod Touch 4 on it’s first day. lol

  • אסף סופר

    no flash xD ?

    • Anonymous

      Flash is dead for mobile. Long live HTML 5 on mobile.

  • Anonymous

    If they are going to inset 4g chips in their next iPhone, I would suggest a better battery life. Apple needs to know that battery life is the number one problems ppl are having with the newest smartphone. What’s the point of having 4g when I can’t surf the net for even a day.

  • i hope the iphone 6 has at least a 4″ screen. I was hoping for a 4 incher with the iphone 5 but we just got the same body as the iphone 4 with faster insides.

    here’s to hoping the iphone 6 in 2012 has a new body with a 4 incher 🙂

    • Anonymous

      iPhone 6?? wow , nothing like being ahead of the game… what happened to the 5? 🙂

      • 5th Generation iPhone is the iPhone 4S. iPhone 6 is the one coming up. Yes there’s nothing like being ahead of the game, but at least I’m not stuck in the past waiting for an iPhone that already came out.

  • Jinming Zhang

    No camera flash? R u shitin me?

  • Jinming Zhang

    Where is the mute switch?

  • Anonymous

    Common guys:) Do not be stupid.
    Before 4S to come, didn’t you read the same specs everyday?

  • Anonymous

    if this was cult of mac it would say “(Report)” and then rattle of more bull shit