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New iPhone 5 Cases Suggest Longer and Wider Form Factor


Mockup created by bikr

If new images of purported iPhone 5 cases obtained by 9 to 5 Mac are to be believed, it appears that the next-generation iPhone will offer a somewhat longer and wider form factor than the iPhone 4. The cases also reiterate other apparent changes such as the mute switch being moved to the opposite edge of the device and the form factor including a very slight "teardrop" design and rounded edges.


The most important change certainly appears to be the size, although it is difficult to say for certain just how much bigger the iPhone 5 would be than the iPhone 4 based on these cases, given that only exterior case dimensions and not interior dimensions are known.
Our new images are clear and there are appears to be a slight – not major – tear drop in the design. The case goes thick to thin from top to bottom. In addition, the sources who provided us with these two new cases have shared some dimensions. According to them, the case is 5 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide. These are tight cases so the iPhone 5 dimensions should only be a few millimeters smaller than those numbers. For comparison, the iPhone 4 is 4.5 inches tall and 2.31 inches wide.
A larger form factor naturally points toward Apple using a larger screen in the new iPhone, a claim that has been made by a number of sources. It is unclear, however, how Apple would deal with potential issues related to screen resolution, either keeping the same pixel density and increasing pixel count by a small amount or decreasing the density and maintaining the same 960x640 resolution.

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

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41 months ago
This is very very very very very very very bad if true! I just got the tape measure out and saw just how much bigger half an inch is!! :eek::eek::eek::eek:

Sorry but no way and no thanks. I would settle for a 3.7" screen, 4" really pushing it, but if Apple's gone the 4.3" plus router, not for me.
I like a MOBILE phone, not a bloody HD telly in my pocket! And I would even go as far as to say it would turn potential buyers away if it's too big.

Hmm, that Sony Ericsson Ray is looking better....
Rating: 32 Votes
41 months ago
How do we know this case isn't for a new iPod touch?
Rating: 24 Votes
41 months ago
I could see Apple doing this. Steve is all about making things thinner, he doesn't care about the rest of the size so much -- guess his wife taught him it's the thickness that matters? :eek::)
Rating: 15 Votes
41 months ago
Here Apple take my money already!!!! I been waiting 4.5years for my first iPhone and im so ready.:apple:
Rating: 14 Votes
41 months ago
I wouldn't mind it being slightly larger to accomodate an enlarged screen, but I don't want it to be the same size as some of the Android handsets out there right now. A coworker was showing me her new HTC Thunderbolt, and it is ridiculously large. I'm not really interested in something that large.
Rating: 13 Votes
41 months ago
If its gonna look like the mockup above i ll buy 3 of them, it looks awsome:eek:
Rating: 12 Votes
41 months ago

How do we know this case isn't for a new iPod touch?


Headphone jack at the top? Space for a flash? Mute switch?;)
Rating: 11 Votes
41 months ago
I will reserve judgement until oficially announced but here's one question: wouldn't a "teardrop" design be akward to use in landsdcape mode?
Rating: 10 Votes
41 months ago

Headphone jack at the top? Space for a flash? Mute switch?;)


Could be for the NEW iPod touch. We know what the current iPod touches have and don't have but we are not sure what the new ones will look like. If the rumors that the updated iPod touches will have 3G are true I would assume a complete redesign.
Rating: 10 Votes
41 months ago
As a Samsung Galaxy S owner I am VERY happy Apple is finally going with a larger screen. I think 4" is perfect. My Fascinates 4" screen is just right. EVO's 4.3" is too big IMO and iPhones 3.5" is just too small.

Huzzah! Finally, Apple has a phone I can get down with. =D
Rating: 9 Votes

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