New iPhone 5 Rumor Points to Metal Chassis and Smaller Screen

We’ve already shown you photos of what appears to be the rear plate of a next gen iPhone today, but new claims from infamous industry blog DigiTimes could throw even more confusion onto an already mind-bending situation.

In a new report, DigiTimes has set about debunking a supposedly leaked video claiming a 4.2″ iPhone 5 is imminent. The problem? The video they’re so upset about was clearly a fake…

“Despite rumors about iPhone 5 featuring a 4.2-inch panel circulating within the IT market for a while, following a leak from Apple’s website in Switzerland in early August”

If we disregard the video, DigiTimes’ sources suggest that the iPhone 5 will sport a 3.5-3.7″ screen, “with a design to allow the bezel of the panel to become thinner and make the screen look larger.”

The most interesting claim is that the new model’s ear plate will be made from a metal construction, which doesn’t entirely jive with our iPhone 5 photos. This may be more evidence that Apple will unveil two new iPhones in the coming weeks, or just that the Cupertino company has been experimenting with different materials.

If yet more rumors are to be believed, we might not have too long to wait before we find out just what Apple has up its sleeve. A late-September or early-October announcement is becoming increasingly likely, with a release coming a few short weeks after that.

At this point, it’s becoming so hard to know who to believe that we’re just as confused now as we were a couple of months ago, but the idea of an iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 coming to market in the next few weeks is beginning to make sense, with Apple possibly killing off the iPhone 4 once and for all.

Given the choice, and depending on specifications, would you rather go for an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5?