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Apple iPhone 5 To Adopt Aluminium Back

Apple may be willing to drop the current glass back panel from the iPhone 4 in favour of the original aluminium material for its forthcoming iPhone 5 handset.

The move (according to Japanese blog Macotakara (opens in new tab)) might be motivated by the fact that Apple is currently unhappy with scratching issues, weight problems, the fact that it is apparently an issue to get enough white back panels.

Switching to aluminium means that Apple may incorporate the antenna in the logo as it is the case for the iPad. This may also mean that Apple will abandon the steel outer frame of the iPhone 4 which has been blamed for last year's Antennagate, the phenomenon which caused a wireless signal to be affected when the phone was held in a particular position.

The blog reports that Apple will use a special resin for the Apple logo which will therefore transmit both the Wi-Fi and mobile data via the logo.

In addition, Macotakara, which mentions Taiwan's Economic Daily News, says that the iPhone 5 will sport the same A5 system on chip as the iPad 2.

We don't believe however that Apple will change the design of the iPhone 5 with only three months to go before the launch at WWDC.

Swapping glass for aluminium and removing the steel antenna doesn't come without consequences, the first of which would be a major buzz amongst upstream suppliers.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.