Apple’s next iPhone may be a radical revamp after all, if a little birdie who's been in touch with tech site Boy Genius Report is anything to go by.
A shadowy figure familiar with developments down at Cupertino has reportedly told BGR that “the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored” and will instead boast a “radical new case design”.
Okay, so doesn’t really tell us much other than what rumourmongers have already been saying for a while. But if the source is reliable, which we’d like to think is the case here, it would mean that despite earlier reports of Apple wanting to keep the iPhone 5 design the same as its predecessor, we’re in for a kit that is anything but.
This would tie in nicely with previous reports by the Wall Street Journal that the phone will sport “a different form factor than those that are currently available” and by Engadget, which said the handset would be a "total rethink".
Leading the rumours pack is the possibility of a larger, edge-to-edge screen and the lack of a home button. A more recent whisper doing the rounds on tech sites is that Cupertino may discard the flat slab-style form factor of the iPhone 4 for a steeper, ‘tear drop’ shaped design.
One other tidbit provided by BGR’s source is that Apple is likely to announce the handset in mid-August, with availability at the end of the month.
Stay tuned as we bring you more news regarding the iPhone 5 in the coming weeks.