updated 07:20 am EST, Mon March 7, 2011
iPhone 5 may use aluminum shell
A report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News (data in the untranslated sheet) along with separate tips suggest Apple may be reverting back to the iPhone's original aluminum material for the iPhone 5. The company was reportedly unhappy with the scratching, white paint issues and heaviness of the glass. MacOtakara suggested that Apple would follow the antenna strategy it uses for the iPad and would put the antenna reception through the company logo.
How accurate this would be is unknown. Unlike on the iPad, the iPhone's logo is much smaller and wouldn't offer much of a reception window. The original iPhone used a larger plastic bottom portion, and any new model would likely need a similar amount of coverage, though not necessarily in an identical shape.
Regardless of the likelihood, Apple is likely unhappy with the fallout from the iPhone 4's design. While it has been the most popular iPhone by a wide margin based on sales, the antenna controversy and issues with the glass may have hurt its image and sales potential. Doubts have existed over whether or not Mark Papermaster's exit was owed to the iPhone 4, but he would have some oversight of the product.
Most now expect the iPhone 5 to use a variant of the dual-core A5 in the iPad 2 and to use an eight-megapixel camera. Apple has almost always unveiled new iPhones in June and shipped them either the same month or in July.