iPhone 5 to launch in August with a radical new shape?

21 Jun 2011

Apple will launch a teardrop-shaped next-generation iPhone device as early as August with availability commencing at the end of that month, new reports suggest.

Boy Genius Report (BGR) editor Jon Geller has quoted a “reliable source” who confirms the new smartphone will boast a radical new teardrop shape.

There had been some expectation that Apple would introduce the iPhone 5 at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, where it launched the iOS 5 operating system.

However, manufacturing reports from Asia in the lead up to the conference indicated that designs and components hadn’t yet reached manufacturers, instead suggesting an autumn launch.

Other reports have suggested Apple will introduce a 4G S device that would use the same chassis as the current iPhone 4 but would be powered by a dual-core A5 processor.

The BGR has created some stir online. “BGR has independently confirmed that the next iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumoured. We have been told by a reliable source to expect a radical new case design for the upcoming iPhone, though we have not been given any additional details surrounding the design of the new iPhone case,” Geller said.

An earlier report on the Thisismynext by Joshua Topolsky website showed pictures of a curved glass iPhone 5 that confirmed to a teardrop shape and with a tiny gesture area or touchpad surrounding the home button.

Image source: Thisismynext

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years