According to iMore’s report, Apple has still not finalized the design for the next iPhone, although the current prototype features a smaller dock connector (as iMore previously reported) and still has a home button. What the current prototype lacks, however, are the previously rumored metal casing and a larger screen, as previously reported by iLounge.
Both iLounge and iMore are typically reliable sources, so why the disagreement? According to Ritchie, this is likely because Apple typically experiments with numerous designs and builds a number of prototypes before final decisions are made.
Regardless of what Apple decides on as far as the design of the next iPhone, Ritchie states that the next iPhone is still on track for an October launch, just as the iPhone 4S before it. iMore has also previously stated that the next iphone will feature LTE support.
iMore’s report seems credible, and actually makes a lot of sense – contradicting reports from reliable sources make a lot more sense when viewing them through the lens of frequently changing prototypes that haven’t been decided on.
Of course, that also means that nobody likely has any concrete, factual information about the design of Apple’s next iPhone – at least not yet.