Mockup design of iPhone 5 with Aluminum backing
GadgetsDNA points to a Economic Daily News report about the upcoming iPhone 5. According to a Chinese source, Apple will be abandoning the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and moving back to an aluminum casing. Apple’s first iPhone also shipped with an aluminum back casing. From the translation:
The antenna will also be redesigned which means Apple will also be abandoning the current external iPhone 4 antenna design. The iPhone 4 antenna was the source of a major controversy over signal loss and attenuation when it was held in a certain way. The iPhone 5 is also said to have the new Apple A5 processor and will likely be announced in June/July.
While Economic Daily News itself has been a bit of mixed source for early Apple rumors with previous claims that didn’t pan out, the Chinese supply chain seems to be the weakest link in Apple’s secrecy.