iLounge is reporting that their "most reliable source has spoken", revealing that Apple is redesigning its next generation iPhone 5 for a summer launch. The same iPhone 5 that was widely rumored for release in 2011 will actually be unveiled dressed in metal with a wider and slightly longer body style in 2012.
"We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production." Jeremy Horwitz wrote for iLounge.
According to iLounge Editor-in-Chief, Jeremy Horwitz, it was poor battery performance that doomed the initial iPhone 5 prototype version, whereas the updated version will be built LTE-ready in order to combat battery drain. The fabled teardrop body style rumored earlier this year will not be part of the new design. Chalk that awful idea up to wishful thinking by a gaggle of iPhone fantasy drones.
The report went on to confirm that a third-generation iPad will emerge a bit thicker (0.7mm) sometime in March "in order to accommodate the twin light bar system needed for its higher-resolution display," according to Horowitz.
I was one of the many disappointed when iPhone 4S hit the shelves in 2011 instead of the new fifth-generation iPhone form factor which will do away with the fragile back glass. It remians one of my least favorite parts of Apple's design. With that said, carriers continue struggling to keep up with high customer demand for iPhone 4S a month after launch. AT&t and Verizon wireless are quoting up to a three week wait for the device in stores.
Although some blogs have suggested you to take the report from iLounge with ''a grain of salt", past leaks from the wildly popular tech blog have been more accurate than most. So I suggest you avoid the salt altogether and take your iPhone rumors like you take your shots of Patrón... straight up with no chaser.