A new report from BRG claims that Apple will be releasing a redesigned iPhone 5 in Fall of 2012. The device will reportedly feature an aluminum back surrounded by a rubberized plastic bezel:
It will join the glass iPhone face with a new aluminum back plate. It will also cover a redesigned antenna system that surrounds the device, allowing Apple to build the rear case out of aluminum without having to use a large plastic insert above the antennas as the company does on its iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G.
The new bezel is reportedly similar to the material used in the current iPhone 4/4S bumper cases, and will be surround the front edge of the device, as well as to join glass iPhone display with the new aluminum back.
The iPhone 5 will also feature a new redesigned antenna system, eliminating the need to include a plastic window as with the 3G iPad and iPad 2 and the original iPhone.
Previous rumors have suggested a “teardrop” shaped aluminum unibody design for the iPhone 5. BGR is “confident” that the iPhone 5 will be released next Fall, around the same time that the iPhone 4S was released this year.