Rumor: Next iPhone to get new case design; August release?

Ever since Apple missed the usual June target release date for the next version of the iPhone, people have been wondering when they will be able to get their hands on the next iteration of the popular smartphone device. Boy Genius Report has posted a story that claims it has learned via unnamed sources that Apple might announce and launch the new version of the iPhone as early as August. The previous consensus was that Apple would wait until September to launch the new iPhone alongside the annual refresh of the various iPod media player products.

While previous rumors have stated that the new iPhone release wouldn't be a huge leap compared to the current iPhone 4, Boy Genius Report's story claims via unnamed sources that the next iPhone release will in fact have an all new case design. The story didn't go into details about what the new iPhone's case would be like other than it would be a "radical" redesign compared to the previous cases for the device.

As we have reported before, Apple most likely delayed the launch of the next iPhone due to parts supply issues as a result of last March's massive earthquake that hit Japan. The device is expected to have the dual-core A5 processor inside which is the same chip that powers Apple's current iPad 2 tablet. The new phone is not expected to support the 4G network on either Verizon or AT&T.

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Why do some people own more than one smartphone? Is the purpose of a smartphone not to incorporate all the things you want or need into one device?

shifts said,
Am I the only one who preferred the feel of the 3gs in the hand?

It's probably just you... and every other iPhone user that doesn't have square hands.

tsupersonic said,
How magical and revolutionary! I bet this is an industry first - for antennas to work...

/s

Oh there must be something wrong with your iPhone then because my 4 works just great in germany, no dropped calls. Oh wait, you don't seem to have an iPhone and just blindly repeat what others have written before!

/s

instant.human said,
Oh there must be something wrong with your iPhone then because my 4 works just great in germany, no dropped calls. Oh wait, you don't seem to have an iPhone and just blindly repeat what others have written before!

/s

+1
Never had a drop call on my iPhone 4 here in India either.

techbeck said,
Wonder how many people will switch to the new model if it doesnt offer anything new. I suspect many.

is there anything really new since the 3G except the hangup button all around the phone now

techbeck said,
Wonder how many people will switch to the new model if it doesnt offer anything new. I suspect many.

Luckly, each revision has offered new features... so nothing to worry about there.

perochan said,
sweet! my 3G is dying.

They needed to do something to make up for the lack of new features. I have a 3G too that's barely holding on. I won't be upgrading to an iPhone though. I'll be switching to WP7 after Mango is released and I see a few new devices. My contract is already over too.

The term 4G is pretty vague. It won't support LTE, but it will likely support DC-HSDPA (HSPA+) at 42.2 Mbps which is also marketed as 4G now. Even the LTE that is being rolled out by Verizon and AT&T isn't technically 4G. The first standard that is technically 4G is LTE-Advanced, which no carrier has rolled out as far as I know. I guess what I'm saying is that the last sentence should probably change "4G network" to "LTE"