iPhone 5 To Get Aluminum Back Panel, Redesigned Antenna, Apple’s New Dual-Core A5 Chip?

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Japanese blog Macotakara, which in the past has provided accurate details about upcoming Apple product launches, reports that Apple may abandon the glass back panel of the iPhone 4 and may use an aluminum back panel for iPhone 5.

The back of the first generation iPhone was made of aluminum, which was quite popular with users compared to the black plastic back panel of iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

Macotakara reports:

Decision to design similar to iPod touch instead of using glass is supposed that Apple seems to stop problems which are told widely damages from scratching, difficulties of painting white and weight of glass.

They have also posted a mockup design of iPhone 5 with aluminum back panel.

Macotakara reports that according to their source, Apple may also abandon the external antenna used in iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 may get a redesigned antenna system. As you might know, iPhone 4’s antenna system has caused a lot of controversy. Consumer Reports, a popular product review and comparison organization doesn’t recommend the GSM iPhone 4 and Verizon iPhone 4 due to the reception problems.

iPhone 5 is also expected to come with Apple’s new dual-core A5 chip that will be used in iPad 2 and expected to be unveiled at the WorldWide Developer Conference 2011.

As mentioned earlier, there are couple of reasons why Apple may be planning to abandon the glass back casing of iPhone 4:

What do you think? Do you prefer iPhone 4’s glass back panel or would you prefer the aluminum back panel? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Macotakara via GadgetsDNA]