Apple will scrap the glass casing of the iPhone 4 in favour of robust aluminium for the next iteration of the handset, it has been claimed, after encountering a spate of problems with the current-gen smartphone.
According to a source cited by Taiwanese bidnizz site Economic Daily News (EDN), the decision to return to the aluminium rear casing has been driven by customer complaints that the so-called Gorilla Glass used in the iPhone 4 was prone to scratching.
Problems applying white paint to the glass – which has massively delayed the white version of the phone - are also believed to have contributed to the change back to aluminium.
And in news to cheer iFans justifiably piqued by the death grip that affected reception with the iPhone 4, it seems Apple is taking action to fix that too.
The shadowy source told EDN that we’re looking at a total re-think for the antenna this time around, with the external antenna design that led to dropped calls being abandoned entirely.
As per Apple’s standard annual product refresh programme, the iPhone 5 is expected to land in June.
Gadgets Daily News
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