iPhone 5 Rumors Suggest iPhone 4 Shape, Metal Back, Larger Display

A tipster in China recently contacted 9 to 5 Mac to share an alleged an iPhone 5 prototype, which was reportedly been spotted at Foxconn and is almost ready for mass-production.

The prototype, reports 9 to 5 Mac, looks similar in design to the iPhone 4, but with a metal back and slightly larger display.

"The iPhone 5 will keep a relatively similar size and shape as the iPhone 4 but Apple has decided to move away from the back-glass enclosure found on the fourth-generation device and move to something similar to the back of the first-generation iPhone from 2007," 9 to 5 Mac writes, "Although some reports claim the iPhone 5 will adopt a curved metal back, our source says models have been floating around with a flat metal back. The material of this metal is unspecified."

Recent rumors have stated that a fifth-generation iPhone would sport an aluminum back, which is likely to appease users who complained about the iPhone 4's glass back scratching and even cracking. The upcoming handset may even get a redesigned antenna and a faster CPU.

The rumor mill has been split about whether Apple will equip iPhone 5 units with "wave and pay" Near Field Communications technology (aka NFC), which would allow the user to make purchases by scanning the handset over a sensor.

Visit 9 to 5 Mac to learn more about the rumored iPhone 5 prototype.