We already know that Chinese manufacturers are hard at work producing all kinds of cases for Apple’s new iPhone, a device which isn’t expected to make its public debut for at least another three months. And despite plenty of competition, it seems some of them are more than happy to hand over the specifications they’re using for their products.
According to the drawing you see above, some manufacturers are expecting the sixth-generation iPhone to measure just 7.9mm thin, 58.6mm wide, and 123.8mm tall. That’s 1.4mm thinner and 8.6mm taller than the iPhone 4S.
It’s exactly the same width, however, which fits nicely alongside the rumors that claim the device will get taller to accomodate a longer, 4-inch screen, rather than expanding to accomodate a wider one. However, there’s something about this drawing that just doesn’t seem right.
This drawing claims the new iPhone will be just 8.6mm taller than the current iPhone, but it’ll have to accomodate an new display that’s half an inch (1.27cm) taller. Admittedly I’ve only mocked this up roughly on a piece of paper, but according to my calculations, that doesn’t leave enough room for a FaceTime camera, earpiece, and home button either end of the display.
Based on these measurements, then, the display would have to be smaller than 4 inches diagonally to fit. It’s likely to be larger than 3.5 inches, otherwise there seems to be no point in making the device taller. But it certainly won’t be quite 4 inches — based on these measurements.
According to AppleFanSite, which obtained these images, “a couple” of Chinese case manufacturers are currently using these exact specifications to build new cases.
We found it quite surprising that multiple manufactures would risk producing thousands of cases for a device in which all they have is a brief drawing with measurements.
It seems at least two manufacturers could be disappointed with the real new iPhone this fall.