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Case for Lower-Cost iPhone with Thicker Profile and Curved Edges Surfaces

Mac Otakara points to a blog post [Google translation] from case design firm MGM showing off a new case intended to fit Apple's rumored lower-cost iPhone. The photos reveal a case that is largely identical to iPhone 5 cases, with the exception of being approximately 2 mm thicker.

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iPhone 5 case (left) vs. lower-cost iPhone case (right)

Mac Otakara has also posted a hands-on video of the case. In the video, an iPhone 5 is placed into the case and appears to fit fairly well. It is clear, however, that the case is intended for a device with rounded edges rather than the squared edges of the iPhone 5.


Descriptions of the lower-cost iPhone having curved rear edges date back to a January report from iLounge that suggested the device would adopt curvature similar to the iPod classic, while appearing as a cross between the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch in other respects.

Apple's lower-cost iPhone is expected to be introduced in the September timeframe and has been rumored to be including a number of color options in order to help differentiate the device from Apple's main iPhone line.

Case designs have accurately hinted at Apple's design plans a number of times in the past, although case makers have on occasion been fooled as was seen in 2011.

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

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16 months ago

Ugh. I guess it's back to the 3GS level of uglyness for iPhone.


Dude, whatever.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
Teardrop iPhone 5. lest we forget...
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago
Not sure what to think of the case... however I'd vote the Video music as one of the most annoying... X-Files like. :p
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago

Ugh. I guess it's back to the 3GS level of uglyness for iPhone.


The 3GS is my favorite form factor, but the 5 gave me some appreciation for the 4. She's a brick... house.
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago
So, because a company decides to make a case for something, it will fit the actual product?

Start your 3-D printers folks, let's make some cases for iPhone form factors we would like to see.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
Today I was passing by an cellphone store and went inside to see what's new, the store is almost overrun with Samsung phones, from the 20€ basic to the S4 that costs like 800€. There were a few other brand phones but not much.

The iPhone was stuffed in the corner, and only the iPhone 5 was exposed. I used to ear lots of people talk about the iPhone this and that, but lately I only ear people talk about Samsung phones.

Apple really needs to have an cheaper iPhone at least in Europe. Most folks use prepaid not 2 year contracts. I think if they could hit the 300€ mark it would be great.
And btw run more advertising since the only ads that I see are from Samsung.

I'm not bashing Apple, but I think they are fading away on people's minds.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
If it is around $300 without a contract I will buy one. I actually prefer the smooth edges look. I used to use a white macbook which I loved the look of.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago

this screams ipod touch to me and not iphone.


you could fit 3 iPod touches in that case. it's way too thick.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
"Something that fits beautifully in the palm of your hands". That was true for iPhone1+iPhone3GS but not for the current bricks.

Why not make an iPhone that is beautiful and feels great even without an ugly bumper.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

Why would it be cheaper than iPad mini wifi? iPhone 5 16 GB is much more expensive than iPad 4 16GB wifi


That's exactly the point lol. They need to come out with a cheaper iPhone so that people who don't "enjoy" the US subsidies (protip: we don't really enjoy this system) can afford to buy an iPhone.

I suspect that the low-cost iPod Touch is kind of a test run. If they can put out something like that, but a little thicker to accommodate the cellular radios and a little bit bigger battery and sell it at $299 or even $349, it would sell a lot.
Rating: 2 Votes

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