While the possibility of an iPhone 5 with an all-new design has been quashed in recent rumors, case makers in China are still confident that Apple will have a surprise up its sleeve come October 4. So confident, in fact, that you’ll be surprised at how many iPhone 5 cases are already available.
As you’ll see in the video below, put together by MIC Gadget, iPhone 5 cases are already available in China in a plethora of different colors and designs. One thing that is consistent with all of them, however, is their dimensions.
Every single case is designed to fit exactly the same design, and suggest the iPhone 5 will indeed boast that teardrop design that’s 33% thinner than today’s iPhone 4. They are obviously the spawn of those leaked iPhone 5 case designs, and possibly that iPhone 5 prototype that went missing from the Foxconn factory.
Although it’s hard to believe anything until Apple officially announces it, there cases are worth paying attention to. As Fortune explains:
There is reason to take these designs seriously. Chinese case manufacturers compete vigorously for narrow margins. They know their business and are not beyond using extra-legal means to get their hands on Apple’s top secret prototypes. In June a Chinese court sent three people to prison on conspiracy charges for selling an early design for the iPad 2 to a case maker willing to pay 20,000 yuan ($3,000) for first crack at the market.
On top of this, I struggle to believe that Chinese case manufacturers would invest money and resources into producing cases that may be completely useless. They must be pretty confident that this is what the iPhone 5 will look like in order to produce hundreds of thousands of these things.
What do you think?