China brimful of iPhone 5 cases, suggesting iPod touch slimness, teardrop shape and swapped mute button

China brimful of iPhone 5 cases, suggesting iPod touch slimness, teardrop shape and swapped mute button
Chinese accessory makers are by now so confident in their iPhone 5 dimension schematics, that more than 40 cases can already be ordered from the wholesaler Alibaba in bulk quantities.

The cases indicate a slimmer iPhone, perhaps as thin as the iPod touch, which clocks in at 0.28" (7.2mm), thinner than even the bikini body of the NEC MEDIAS W-04C, which holds the "thinnest" smartphone title for now, with 0.3" (7.7mm). The cases also suggest a teardrop shape, and there have been numerous rumors of an aluminum back like on the iPad 2.

The most certain take from these cases is that the mute button seems to have been moved around, and went to the other side of the phone.

There is still plenty of room for surprises, but if these wrappings are any indication, the next iPhone should be a rather thin and light device, with big possibility for the rumored larger display, as the cases look a tad wider and longer.

source: Alibaba via M.I.C. Gadget



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

who would want to buy a case for a phone that nobody has yet? apple just wants us to talk about their iPhone.

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The case makers want your money now and what better way to get your money than to claim they already have the exact case specs of the next iPhone so that on launch day you can put it in the case you bought a month earlier.

3. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Exactly, Bob! They go around losing prototypes, too, just to achieve your point. Marketing fail!

4. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

I have money see it here.... I must buy this is it an icase or what? Who cares I must have it now!!

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

In the past, the Chinese case manufacturers have been very accurate regarding cases for each new model of iPhone. The cases that have been advertised in the run-up to the latest iPhone suggest a slimmer (iPod Touch-like) form factor. We will know soon enough. The market-churning rumors continue.

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