New iPhone to have metal backplate?

Apple's next-generation iPhone may have a metal back and a much smaller dock connector

The new iPhone? (Image credit: 9To5Mac.com)

The new iPhone? (Image credit: 9To5Mac.com)

Apple's next-generation iPhone may have a metal back and a much smaller dock connector, claims 9 To 5 Mac.

Leaked images of what appears to be Apple's next generation iPhone were published on the . The images reveal what appears to be an iPhone with a taller, 4-inch screen, redesigned speaker grills and a much smaller dock connector.

9 to 5 Mac says the photos were sent to the publication by an unidentified "supply chain source".

The new iPhone appears to have a metal backplate, a move away from the glass finish of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models. Apple's original iPhone, which wasn't released in Australia, used a metal back before Apple altered the design to plastic on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS models.

The images also show that the headphone jack, currently situated on the top left of iPhone devices, has been moved to the bottom left corner of the new iPhone. The traditional home button remains, despite rumours suggesting Apple could abolish it for future iPhone models.

According to rumours, the new iPhone will have a 4in screen with a resolution of 1136 x 640.

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