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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 31

John Cox | Jan. 4, 2012
The holiday season brought a stuffed stocking of iPhone 5 rumors to the iOSsphere, closing out 2011 with a whimper of joyful speculation.

MacTimes admits that there is "still nothing concrete" about its Toshiba speculation, and offers no additional details about the allegedly innovative adjoining and round pixels, which it dubs with the made-up name "iShape."

Screens with 1280-by-720-pixel resolution are starting to appear on some high-end smartphones, most recently the LG Nitro HD, available in the U.S. on AT&T. According to Engadget's review, though the pixel density is just 329 ppi compared to 326 for the iPhone 4S, the higher resolution is noticeable. "LG's chosen to outfit the Nitro HD with a 1280 x 720 AH-IPS panel boasting 329ppi that bests Apple's Retina display ... and it shows," according to Engadget's reviewer. "The screen is simply gorgeous, rendering fonts and icons with a smooth distinction you'll likely take for granted. Colors are vibrant and accurate, sidestepping the over-saturated pizazz typical of rival Super AMOLED tech for a more restrained performance."

Another smartphone with 1280-by-720-pixel resolution is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, available on Verizon.

With a new pixel design, "Apple wants to push the built-in Super [sic] Galaxy Nexus HD AMOLED display screen from the throne," according to MacTimes via Google Translate. "Realistically, one would be dimensioned with 1280x720 pixel resolution, it could thus [show] 720p quality movies in real play."

iPhone 5 will have aluminum back plate, rubberized bezel, redesigned antenna

From a "close source," whatever that means, Boy Genius Report has learned that the Next iPhone will have a back plate made of the same material used in beer cans, and a rubberized bezel or edge.

According to the headline for Jonathan S. Geller's BGR post, this aluminumation qualifies as a "completely redesigned" iPhone 5, to be launched in the fall of 2012.

The bezel material will marry the glass face to the iPad 2-like back plate and it will cover a "redesigned antenna system that surrounds the device." This latter covering will let Apple "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" 3G models, according to Geller.

He's referring to the black plastic cover over the GSM or CDMA antennas at the top rear of the iPad models configured with 3G connectivity. You can see the antenna innards in this iFixit teardown of the iPad (see Step 2).

In the current iPhone 4 and 4S, the antennas are built into the flat aluminum bands that form the phones' exterior sides. Geller seems to be saying the iPhone 5 antennas will be moved either to the interior of the phone or at least under the phone's new rubberized "edge."


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