iPhone 5 with new design set to launch in Fall 2012

A number of new claims about Apple's next-gen iPhone have emerged

Citing a trusted source, BGR  earlier this week dropped a number of interesting tidbits regarding the iPhone 5. First, Apple’s next-gen iPhone will reportedly launch in the Fall of 2012, perhaps signaling an end to Apple’s historic pattern of releasing a new device in the Summer, save of course for the iPhone 4S.

We have also learned that Apple is planning to use a rubber or plastic material — similar to the material used in the company’s bumper cases — that will be built into the new iPhone case. In all likelihood, this material will be used as a bezel surrounding the front edge of the phone (like the iPhone 3GS bezel) and it will serve two purposes. First, it will join the glass iPhone face with a new aluminum back plate. It will also cover a redesigned antenna system that surrounds the device, allowing Apple to build the rear case out of aluminum without having to use a large plastic insert above the antennas as the company does on its iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G.

Earlier reports suggested that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will feature an aluminum case similar to the one found on the iPad 2, as well as a larger display around 4 inches. Form factor wise, rumor has it that the iPhone 5 will be thinner and will be 8mm longer than its predecessor.

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