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Early renderings of the iPhone 5, featuring an aluminum backing.  (Source: Macotakara.jp)
New iPhone will reportedly feature aluminum casing and redesigned antenna

Lump this one squarely in the rumor column: The upcoming iPhone 5 will eschew the glass back casing of the iPhone 4 for aluminum back casing.

At least that's the word from Macotakara, which Macrumors picked up. "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," reads the Chinese-to-English translation.

Also according to the report, the antenna will be redesigned for seemingly no reason at all (that's sarcasm), meaning iPhone users will have to learn a whole new way to hold the phone.

The iPhone 5 is also reported to sport the new A5 processor that Apple recently unveiled in its forthcoming iPad 2. If Apple follows its usual release schedule, the new iPhone should be announced this summer.




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They better do something :)
By atlmann10 on 3/9/2011 11:08:21 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, I expected this, but not this large and fast. I know that Android as a platform is just over iOS/Apple in America now to, so it seems to be taking a bigger bite than I expected. The quote is from a market research firm in Western Europe. I also heard much discussion of app developers making more money on Android app significantly as well. This of course was on well made full applications such as games etc. It would seem to me to be pretty attractive to developers.

"The last quarter of 2010 clearly shows the trends for the coming years in Western Europe. The Western European mobile phone market will be dominated by smartphones, and Android will be the king of the hill, Android surged from 4% to 31% market share in less than a year to become the market leader in 4Q10 and the fastest growing operating system ever."




"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer














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