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One Case Manufacturer Still Confident in Tapered iPhone 5 Design


CultofMac profiles one case manufacturer who remains confident in the tapered iPhone 5 design that has been circulating for months.

Hard Candy is in the process of manufacturing 50,000 of these cases and sending them to stores. The company based their cases on dimensions received by three different sources.

What stood out to us, however, was that their dimensions seem very different than the ones from other case manufacturers. The specs from Hard Candy include:
- Large 4.44-inch screen.
- It is significantly bigger than the iPhone 4, but the case tapers, making it feel a lot thinner.
- Large, lozenge-shaped Home button (This is rumored to be integrated with new Assistant function, allowing tasks to be controlled by voice).
While the general shape is identical to the other tapered designs, Hard Candy's cases fit an iPhone with a 4.44-inch screen. This is notably larger than the other cases that we've seen.

We're not sure why there is such a discrepancy, but at least some of these early cases are going to be wrong, if not all of them.

There's been some ongoing debate about whether or not Apple will release an iPhone 4-liked design or a new tapered design as shown above. Apple is holding their media event at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern on October 4th, so we'll find out soon enough.

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Posted: 33 months ago
I'm still confident of an iPhone 5. Thumbs up if you are too! :D :apple:
Rating: 28 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
4.4" screen? Immediate purchase

Wait... Maybe this'll be the lineup:

iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5S with a BIGGER SCREEN!

I'm kidding btw, don't take me seriously. I'm really tired right now so I realize that's probably not funny
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
Guess they're doing it just in case?
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago



4"'s in your pocket too much?



4" would not bother me at all. I am used to carrying a 7 to 8 inch item all the time. ;)
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

If not, they've Photoshopped/rendered up a few pictures and grabbed some amazing free publicity whilst the hype reaches fever pitch?!


Possibly.
Interesting decision to have the 'iPhones' rendered in different colors though.


While it sounds like a big device. It's really not.
If I didn't have a real one next to it, I wouldn't have picked that it was any larger.



iPhone 2G for scale.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
Wow, I have a feeling all these case manufacturers are going to be out of quite a bit of money.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
Wow, the screen on that one is a monster. Would Apple really go that big? I'm not even sure if I want one that big. I was thinking more around 4", but if I had to choose between this and a 3.5", I'd definitely pick this. Even if it cost $100 more.

I'm inclined to believe Hard Candy Cases as they're one of the better case makers out there. Especially if they have three sources. That's a lot of money to throw around.

So when they say tapered, do they mean tapered in the sense of an iPad 2 (which would be great) or do they mean the teardrop shape, which I've never held much stock in? I'm hoping for the tapered edges only. And if Apple goes this big, does that mean 720p display to keep it retina? And additional features, beyond Assistant, that could take advantage of such a monster screen? Some iPad gestures might even be useable on such a large screen. Here's to tomorrow! Whatever it brings, it will be new and shiny.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

So when they say tapered, do they mean tapered in the sense of an iPad 2 (which would be great) or do they mean the teardrop shape, which I've never held much stock in? I'm hoping for the tapered edges only.

According to the drawings posted by CoM, it'll be both.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

4" would not bother me at all. I am used to carrying a 7 to 8 inch item all the time. ;)


Why do you own a Dell Streak? They're rubbish.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

Possibly.
Interesting decision to have the 'iPhones' rendered in different colors though.


While it sounds like a big device. It's really not.
If I didn't have a real one next to it, I wouldn't have picked that it was any larger.

Image (http://cl.ly/1Z013Q0B2H1x0P2K2e13/IMG_0025.JPG)

iPhone 2G for scale.


Looks like the same footprint of the iPhone 4 to me. Maybe we will see an edge to edge display (much like the first iPhone) but to the dimensions of iPhone 4's current antenna 'band'.

IMO That is what this image seems to be depicting. It STILL doesn't mean a complete overhaul in design though. I doubt a slimmer 'tapered' form factor is even possible unless the footprint grows in size, because the iPhone 4's tech is packed quite tightly as it is... AND as someone quite rightly pointed out to me once before, if it gets much slimmer, they won't have the room for a decent camera sensor.
Rating: 2 Positives

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