Rumors are swirling that the iPhone 5 will come with an aluminum back – and the town’s people rejoiced. Perhaps Apple thinks that an aluminum back is more aesthetically pleasing than the glass backing on the iPhone 4. Or perhaps they are tired of hearing how the glass backing on the iPhone 4 holds up to a grain of sand about as well as I can hold up to a right cross from Mike Tyson.
It’s true, it was reported and confirmed that something as small as a grain of sand could crack the back of the iPhone 4 if it got trapped between the casing and certain slider . That crack eventually would cause the phone to shatter. Ironic that Apple accessories designed to protect the phone were contributing to its destruction.
Another major flaw in the iPhone 4 was the antenna, which when held a certain way caused calls to be dropped. This widely became known as the ‘death grip.’ This issue is rumored to have been resolved as well, as the iPhone 5 is expected to use an internal antenna.
Obviously these are all rumors, and the iPhone 5 isn’t expected to be released until June/July, so lots can change. But if the rumors are true, Apple might actually be listening to critics and making changes rather than just do whatever the heck they want to do.