Apple iPhone 5 said to tout 4-inch display and metal back

New reports suggest iPhone 5 prototypes have outed a number of design changes

With the Samsung Galaxy S3 now old news, the iPhone 5 is back on the rumour mill with new reports hinting at an all new design and connector

With the Samsung Galaxy S3 now firmly a thing of reality, attention has once again turned to the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 with new reports suggesting the device will sport a 4-inch display and slimmer form factor.

Set for a dramatic design overhaul the long awaited iPhone 5, which is largely expected to land branded simply the ‘new iPhone’, has been tipped to up its screen size to bring the device more in line with the oversized Android handsets that have flooded the market.

Far from the first time the mooted iPhone 5 specs have been banded around the web, the latest reports, which come courtesy of iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz, have suggested that recently seen new iPhone prototypes have revealed the redesigned form factor that will launch later this year with a metallic back panel in tow.

Doing away with the now oversized dock port that has featured on all iPhones and iPods to date Horwitz has suggested the new iPhone will introduce a new standard smaller, rounded dock connecter that will help reduce the width of the device.

“The new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S,” Horwitz said. “Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width.”

He added that according to insider sources: “Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. It echoes the current-generation iMac.”

Apple new iPhone 5 Rumours

Far form confirmed the latest iPhone 5 rumours have followed on from a flurry of previous reports that have suggested the iOS touting handset will sport an all new form factor that moves the market leading handset on from the iPhone 4 and 4S design with a Gorilla Glass 2 backing to make the device more life proof.

Originally expected to make its first appearance last year before the somewhat disappointing arrival of the Apple iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, which has recently been tipped for an October 2012 release, is now expected to land without its numerical branding.

As well as a quad-core ARM A6 processor, a number of iPhone 5 rumours have suggested the next-gen handset will sport an improved camera, increased RAM and larger storage options.

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Via: 9to5Mac