Apple may have unintentionally leaked the design for its upcoming iPhone 5 smartphone in a patent application in Australia, reports say.
According to Australian tech site SmartHouse, the Cupertino tech giant has prematurely filed patents for its iPhone 5 smartphone in Australia after the company’s bad experience with its government.
According to the application filed on June 28th 2011 by Apple lawyers, the company is seeking patent approval for a ‘hand held computing device.’
When SmartHouse spoke with some executives at IP Australia, it said that “it would be most unusual for any company to lodge an application for a patent after the launch of a new product. This appears to be for a new product.”
This leads the website to believe that this ‘hand held computing device’ application is not for the current iPhone 4, but the upcoming iPhone 5 instead. The patent states that the new hand held device is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, is made from a single sheet of metal and has a bezel edge. The iPhone 4 features a glass rear casing and is a little heavier than its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS.
The patent application can be viewed here.
Of course, there is always a chance that this patent was filed by Apple for the iPhone 6, but we’ll never know. It was reported in the past that the iPhone 5 will be ditching the glass rear casing and will be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4, so this might mean that Apple filed this patent for the upcoming iPhone 5.
Would you like to see this tech on the iPhone 5? We haven’t got long to wait, if rumours surrounding the iPhone 5’s September release date are true.