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.
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:
Based on the data released by SquareTrade, a leading third-party warranty provider, iPhone 4 was more accident prone than iPhone 3GS. As much as 80% of all iPhone warranty claims were related to cracked and broken screens, out of which at least a quarter of the broken glass claims involved the back screen.
One of the reason for the delay in launching the white iPhone 4 has been attributed to the difficulties in painting the glass back panel.
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