he next-generation iPhone is said to make an appearance next autumn, according to the latest rumour.

The guys over at BGR have word from a “close source” that the long-awaited iPhone 5 will be released in late 2012 – at a similar time of year that the iPhone 4S launched in 2011.

Rubber or plastic will feature on the new Apple gadget, built into the phone case “as a bezel surrounding the front edge of the phone”, apparently. It will look similar to the bezel on the 3GS model.

And the reason for the rubber addition? To join the glass front with the aluminium back and to cover a new antenna system. This means there’s no need to insert a bit of plastic above the antenna like on the iPad 2, and the phone can still have an aluminium back.

The next-generation iPhone will also likely feature a bigger display, probably around 4-inches.

Of course, all this is mere speculation and only time will tell if a new iPhone actually materialises next year or not. After all, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard mention of the iPhone 5 – the anticipated device was rumoured so often on the internet this year that it made it into Google’s top 10 most-searched terms, despite the fact it doesn’t actually exist!

Previous rumours have pointed to a bigger display and thinner frame, so this fits with BGR’s latest revelation. And one rumour even suggested the 4S model would come this year, and the 5 version in 2012.

We’ll keep you posted on further Apple-related news, and would love to hear your views on this rumour in the meantime. Are you waiting, patiently or otherwise, for the iPhone 5 to arrive?

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