Apple rumored to be working on new Smart Cover, going with Gorilla Glass 2 for iPhone 5

Apple rumored to be working on new Smart Cover, going with Gorilla Glass 2 for iPhone 5

Yet more iPad 3 rumors today, including reports of Apple working on a new Smart Cover with a back, and sticking with the glass back for the iPhone 5. iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz says:

[The new Apple case] has a folding magnetized Smart Cover on the front, and a rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather.

Apple is nonetheless continuing to experiment with glass and ceramic rear shells for a future iPhone model. The upshot is that the new design would be like the iPhone 4, but thinner, thanks to Corning’s stronger Gorilla Glass 2 and the further reduction of internal components.

We took a look at Gorilla Glass 2 at CES and it could

Horwitz also says a larger screen for the iPhone 5 is still "in the cards", and echoes what iMore first reported over a week ago, that Apple is working on switching from the traditional 30-pin dock connector to a "micro-dock".

We're only days away from the iPad 3 event, but it'll probably be the fall before we see iPhone 5.

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Rene Ritchie

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Apple rumored to be working on new Smart Cover, going with Gorilla Glass 2 for iPhone 5


I know everyone raves on the Otterbox but I gotta say I'm less than impressed with my experiences. I'm on my second one for my 4S and my wife is currently looking for a replacement for her Otterbox case as well. We aren't hard on our phones. One little drop from pants pocket to the floor and the outer cases have cracked. I'm all for Apple making the phone as strong as they can, and with a decent case they should survive a long and productive life.

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I don't know that anybody wants a lighter phone. The iPhone 4/4s is just fine in weight. As ceramic for the back?....hmmm

Can all the Apple rumor/news sites PLEASE stop calling it the iPhone 5… Ugh. Apple will not call it the iPhone 5. It will not be the fifth iPhone. Either it will be the iPhone 6, or some non-numerical term will be used. "HD" "LTE", or maybe just "iPhone" and drop naming them all together, because at some point it just get rediculous right? I mean iPhone 12, 15, etc… I don't see that happening, I see them just calling it simply, iPhone.

Wrong. 4s is an updated 4, not a new generation. I've seen this in the forums too. You seem to be really worked up in your incorrect position :)

So based on your unquestionable logic, why was there a 3 followed by a 3GS followed by the iPhone 4 ?? The fact is that none of you have a clue what it will look like or what it will be called until Apple announce it ... It really annoys me when people argue as if they even have a clue.

Honestly... Does it REALLY matter what sites label it as? Does it REALLY ruin that much of your day?
Here's an idea, how about we just go ahead and let Apple call it what they want?

But if they don't call it iPhone 5, then how will people know it's better than my friends really old iPhone 4S? I'm not spending $800 on a phone whose name doesn't tell people that I have the latest and greatest from Cupertino.

Apple needs to get going with a newly designed iPhone. The others companies are developing some nice looking devices.Dont get me wrong, iPhone is still the gold standard for smartphones,but the gap is closing fast.Hopefully, a new iPhone comes out before fall.

Well then smarty pants, explain it to me.
And then tell me that Apple will says something like "I know you all think this is the iPhone 5, but since (insert your argument here) we really have to call it the iPhone 6."
I can't wait to hear Tim trying to explain that on stage. I bet there will be a couple of slides involved. lol

The next iPhone is the SIXTH GENERATION. Not the fifth. Please stop calling it the iPhone 5. Had that been the case, the iPhone 4 would've been called the iPhone 3. If the leap between the 3G and the 3Gs is considered to be an entire generation, then the 4s is an entire generation from the 4. You hardcore Apple fans are so illogical.

Apple can call it the iPhone Pink if they want. It's a marketing term. If they want to call it iPhone 5, it'll be iPhone 5. If they want to call it iPhone 4GS, it'll be iPhone 4GS.
Technically, it's internal Apple model number is iPhone 5,1. (iPhone 3G was 1,2; iPhone 3GS was 2,1).

Is every post going to turn into a war of what the next phone is going to be called. Justin need to find something to do with your time

My mole tells me it's looking more likely to be iPhone 5G (bcs LTE is 5G tech) and also coincides with mr moles ... What's that mr mole? You want a biscuit? Mmmm... Tasty biscuit...

1st tunes phone Motorola ROKR E1
2nd phone iPhone
3rd iPhone 3 & 3S
4th iPhone 4 & 4S
5th iPhone 5
And that is why it may be the iPhone 5

1st tunes phone Motorola ROKR E1
2nd phone iPhone ,
3rd iPhone 3 & 3S
4th iPhone 4 & 4S
5th iPhone 5
And that is why it may be the iPhone 5

i hated the "imore" name but the photography is SUPERB now on tipb... you guys should win an award, who does the photography? @rene richie

You know, rubberized plastic is pretty much the perfect material from a functional standpoint for phone backs. I absolutely loath slippery and/or fragile materials on a mobile phone.
My last 4 phones have not had a case for any of them, no problems with numerous drops (other than battery covers flying off). A well designed phone shouldn't need a cover for anything except extreme conditions!

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