Is This the Back of the Next iPhone?

iPod Observer and MacRumors are floating shots of what's supposedly the back of the next iPhone. It's a new case, with reflective metal etching, that's textured matte black and man, I want it.

I really hate the greasy look and feeling of the glossy 3G back after you've used it for more than 30 seconds, so I'd really like a matte backing. Anyway, the images are supposedly from China, etched with a brand new model number.

Is This the Back of the Next iPhone?

A few reasons to be skeptical: Crappy reception with metal is one of the reasons why Apple went to plastic in the first place (if there's really metal in it), and it's really early for a product likely on a June release cycle to already be exposed. And all the other usual possible fakery issues with Apple leaks.

Is This the Back of the Next iPhone?

Why it's also at least partly believable: iPod Observer leaked the iPhone 3G's black glossy back months ahead of time last year (though not quite this early in the cycle).

Either way, I like it. [iPod Observer, Mac Rumors]