Before the launch of iPhone 4S, a number of news sources had claimed that the back of the device would be made up of metal instead of reinforced glass. But the actual design of iPhone 4S trashed these arguments. However, the same set of rumours are back. Some sources are claiming, yet again, that the next iPhone will support a metal back. Not only that, they state that it will have a rubber material on the sides which will let the outside serve as antenna.
The latest rumours about the next iPhone claim that it will have a metal back-casing while on the sides, it will be set with a rubber bumper, quite like the older iPhone models. A rubber bumper case allows the outside band to act as an antenna.
The source that has been cited is an anonymous person within Foxcon, the company with a key role in Apple’s supply chain. Needless to state, similar rumours have surfaced times and again but none of them have proved true so far. There has been speculation about the size of the screen in the next model, the overall make as well as the pixel density of the displays. With more and more companies planning to launch devices with much greater resolutions, it seems only natural that Apple will jump the bandwagon and, as usual, lead.
It is still unclear as to when will Apple launch the next iPhone model. Whereas there have been rumours about Apple launching it’s next tablet on Steve Jobs’ birthday, the speculations about next iPhone are that it may be in by the second quarter of 2012.
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