Okay Apple! I’ve Gotten My iPhone 5 Case So Where Is The Damn Phone? [Updated]

Okay Apple! I’ve Gotten My iPhone 5 Case So Where Is The Damn Phone? [Updated]

I went to the local Apple Store today in Friendswood, Texas at the Baybrook Mall to grab something and I came home with another unofficial Apple accessory from a Mall kiosk.

Global Cell, Inc., a cell phone accessory store sitting just outside the Apple Store, sold me an iPhone 5 rubber case for $19.95 plus tax.

Okay Apple! I’ve Gotten My iPhone 5 Case So Where Is The Damn Phone? [Updated]

They had about a dozen of these generic cases in a variety of colors including the blue one I’m holding here and that glaring limey green one you see floating around the internet on different blogs including Cult of Mac.

Of course I didn’t buy either of these cases in the poke your eyes out colors since blaring colors aren’t my style unless it’s a polo shirt. Instead I settled for a nice black one to go with the rest of my wardrobe accessories. After all a blogger needs to look professional – at least some of the time – right?

All these cases are exactly like the one described in the original story about these cases since it is slightly wider, taller, and about half the height of an iPhone 4.

So is this proof that the iPhone 5 is bigger and thinner than the current iPhone 4? I don’t really know, but one thing I know – if it is real than guess what? I’ve already got an iPhone 5 case for launch day! Don’t hate! Just go get one for yourself. On the other hand if it doesn’t fit then I have a little novelty to show people later.

Okay Apple it looks like I’ve gotten my iPhone 5 case so where is the damn phone? As far as the rest of you goes – do you think I wasted my money or did the case makers? Or both?

Update 09/03/2011 at 6:27 AM PDT: Here is an eBay link showing this particular case selling for $6.95 after searching for “iPhone 5G case. “

  • GH

    You paid 20 bucks for something that’s on eBay for 75¢…..

  • tobi_8624

    yeah, you wasted 20 bugs on a case for something you doesn’t even know exists. very smart. (but i guess the thousands of clicks you’re getting for this post are totally worth it .. lol )

  • Jimmy Kim

    Quick question! What is the approximate measurements? (Or more specifically, how much bigger is the width?) I’m wondering if the new iPhone 5 will fit into my iPod Dock.

    thanks! 

  • imbenking

    Its a tongue in cheek article :) I enjoyed reading it myself. Besides, like you said David, its a fun novelty item if nothing else! 

  • DavidWMartin

    Hi Gillan: How about a link to back up that comment? I’m sure everyone would love to go buy one of these cases for less than a $1. – DM 

  • William Soriano

    I know that kiosk in front of the apple store. After my friend got her iPhone she’s like poo look more stuff! I tried to explain to her everything they sell is a knock off, but alas she didn’t listen. I mean they sell not only cases but perfume and cologne too! 

    I just woke up, did any of that make sense?

  • DavidWMartin

    Thanks for “getting it” Ben. :-) Have a great weekend.  - DM

  • DavidWMartin

    Hi William. I dunno man I think you need some coffee. The perfume kiosk is separate and actually moved to the old information counter off to the right. They did not have these cases on display and I did not see any perfume, but they have the spot where the perfume kiosk used to be. I had to ask for one of these cases after someone at the Apple Store told me about them. The vendor was showing them off to the store employees. I’ll say this thought if the phone is bigger and slimmer and fits in this case I’ll be in line on launch day!! – DM 

  • José Berumen Dávila

    THIS CASE IS FOR CHINA’S IPHONE 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • Sakoku

    David -
    You wrote it is “half the height”. Did you mean thickness instead?
    Thanks for the post.

  • Wescravn

    that’s so cheap, looks like someone made it in their backyard

  • Barriguita

    Will $3.50 with free postage do ?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEw-

  • dcj001

    I don’t want one for free.

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  • AlterThending

    I totally trust a broke down cell phone case Kiosk in the mall. Bye 20 dollars for a case ill never get to use unless I get an iPhone 3GS.

  • tekunoloji

    Haa, you spent so much money on a crappy rubber…and if it doesn’t fit?

  • tekunoloji

    Haa, you spent so much money on a crappy rubber…and if it doesn’t fit?

  • William Soriano

    I could’ve sworn that kiosk sold the perfume as well, but I could very well be wrong. I mean there are what at least 3 tmobile kiosks and a tmobile store inside that mall. It all sort of blends together.

  • JL

    The words ‘than’ and ‘then’ are not the same thing. “if it is real than guess what?” should read “if it is real, then guess what?” Just saying…

  • GGG

    wtf?! 19.95$?! :D Just got one from eBay 2.95$ incl. postage. :D

  • baker

    Doesn’t anyone get this! The package says 5G! Apple is selling the iPhone 5 not the iPhone 5G!
    The only iPhone that was designated “G” was the iPhone 3G and the 3GS simply to enhance the fact that it worked on a 3G network when the network was new to users.

    The product is garbage and anyone who bought it will get what they paid for….a piece of rubber that doesn’t necessarily fit the iPhone 5. Perhaps you folks should start shopping for a phone with a model number 5G. Hint… It’s not at the Apple Store.

  • Muzz112

    The 5G could simply refer 5th Generation, as the new iPhone will be the 5th generation of iPhone.

  • Ayers16412

    This is why one third of iPhone 4 users think they have 4g phones. They buy their cases at kiosks like this.

  • lumpia91791

    Is that your phone in there?

    Even the mock up cardboard insert doesn’t even seem to match the case width wise.

  • Prweb

    These cases are from China, look on ebay and where the item location is!  Look at your iPhone and see where its made, China!! Of course they have the jump on us on their products. They get the device specs to these case manufacturers so they can start selling them before their is even a device announced!  As far as accessories go I work for http://www.optishieldz.com and we do not produce any apple accessory product until we have the actual unit in hand! All of our cases, skins and screen protectors for the iPhone 5 will be made from the iPhone 5.  The same goes for our Carbon fiber skin product for the iPhone 5.  I do not trust any product coming from china right now because they are only trying to sell a product that has no competitors right now! Shameful for China, and we need to start restricting trade for simple reasons like this!

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David W. MartinDavid W. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a programmer, systems and business analyst, author, and consultant. David has written for CNET's iPhoneatlas.com, MacLife.com, CultofMac.com, BYTE.com and recently for aNewDoman.net. He comes to Cult of Mac's website with deep knowledge and passion for the all things Apple. Follow David on Twitter @david_w_martin or see what he's up to now at davidwmartin.com.

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