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Photos of Purported iPhone 5 Case Based on Latest Design Claims Surface

Earlier this week, a purported case design for the iPhone 5 surfaced showing tapered edges more reminiscent of pre-iPhone 4 designs along with a possible larger screen and gesture area around the home button.

That schematic is not merely a random design drawing, however, as 9 to 5 Mac has received photos of an actual case apparently manufactured based on that design, which has reportedly been shopped around to manufacturers.


The new case does appear to portend a thinner design if it is indeed for the iPhone 5, but is unable to address claims of a larger screen or gesture area due a lack of covering on the front of the device. Placement of the physical features on the purported iPhone 5 appears nearly identical to the current iPhone, with the exception of what appears to a movement of the mute switch to the opposite side. This places the switch adjacent to the device's rear camera on the right side of the device as viewed from the front, as opposed to above the volume buttons on the left side.

Accommodations for the power and volume buttons are indeed present on the purported iPhone 5 case, although difficult to see in the photos as the case utilizes only small nubs of silicone covering the buttons rather than holes allowing direct access to them. Notably, the volume controls appear more like the elongated buttons found on the current iPod touch than the round individual buttons of the iPhone 4, a change which would make sense with an iPod touch-like tapered design for the new iPhone.


This latest case design is not the first to be claimed to be for the iPhone 5, however, as cases suggesting a nearly identical design to the iPhone 4 appeared in March while others apparently showing the rear camera flash moved to the opposite side away from the camera lens itself showed up in May.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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39 months ago
I don't even care about the rumours, they will have my money with the iPhone 5 :)
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago
Am I the only one who likes the design of the iPhone 4? I think it is one of the best looking phones ever made.
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago

cool, an original iphone case next to an iphone 4 case.

Errrr, no.
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago
Thread was started here quite awhile ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1199777
Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago
It's a case for an iPod touch.
Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago
I really hope this case is legit. I guess we'll only know if more similar ones are leaked soon.

Regarding the iPhone 5 case schematic, don't know if the home button is bigger, or if we'll be seeing LED notifications next to the home button, instead.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago
Hopefully this is true! It would be very stupid for them to release an iPhone 4S over a year after the iPhone 4 came out, esp. w/ such stiff competition from Android these days. The iPhone 3G/3GS days are gone, I think they're going to have to innovate strongly each year to stay with/ahead of the curve
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago
Isn't it about time for one of these to be found in a bar somewhere?
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

Why is MacRumors so hesitant to accept that the iPhone 5 won't use the same design as the iPhone 4? The iPhone 4's design is a flop.


Oh yeah, such a flop.

They only sold 18.6 million "flops" in the first three months of 2011. Mind you, that is 6-9 months AFTER it was launched.

:rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

Nope, the iPod Touch does NOT have a headphone jack at the top:

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And I have a feeling the iPod touch redesign will....
Rating: 4 Votes

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