Thursday, September 15, 2011

Major case manufacturer posts images of radically different 'iPhone 5'

Case-Mate is a pretty large vendor of device case, so when they post something regarding a certain high-profile device (ahem, iPhone), you take notice. Earlier today, Case-Mate temporarily posted a page on its site with a gallery of iPhone 5 cases, showing interesting designs.

iPhone CasesSince then, the company has taken the page down, and redirects the URL to a filler page, one that allows consumers to users can register to be notified when Case-Mate's new cases for the next-gen iPhone are ready, be it an "iPhone 4S" or "iPhone 5."

Indeed, Case-Mate even commented on the iPhone 4S / 5 question. Although it's unclear if Apple will release a minimally changed iPhone 4S (in what appears to be a few weeks), a more radically changed iPhone 5, or both, Case-Mate's opinion is: both.

The company's teaser page says, "The debate continues on whether the new iPhone will be an iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S. From our inside resources, it appears that Apple will be indeed launching both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S in early October. The speculation indicates that the iPhone 4S will feature the same form factor as the iPhone 4 but will be upgraded with the latest technology, including the A5 dual-core processor and 8 mega-pixel camera."

None of that is new news, and in fact has been covered here before. As far as the images go, they could be conceptions, or Photoshopped, but as we've seen in the past, it's not unusual for case manufacturers to be tipped on new iPhone designs.

Of note is that the images seem to show an aluminum back, something that's previously been rumored for Apple's next iPhone model.

However, the first cases we usually see for a new iPhone are often cheap, Asian knock-offs. Seeing a manufacturer like Case-Mate with what appears to be a leaked design is a much bigger deal, as they (Case-Mate) would of necessity put in a large order to its manufacturer.

The iPhone 5 is expected to launch in early-to-mid October. It will ship with iOS 5, which is nearing gold master status. The new version of Apple's platform may achieve that milestone, which is usually the same as the shipping version, as early as next Friday.

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