More iPhone 5 Case Designs Surface, But Dash Hopes Of 4-Inch Display

More iPhone 5 Case Designs Surface, But Dash Hopes Of 4-Inch Display

You could soon be buying these cases for your new iPhone.

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.

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  • mr_bee

    “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.”

    If you are going to make this very unusual claim, and have it be the focus of the article, you should at least include your rough calculations or a rough sketch of same. You are the first person to claim this. How about some evidence even if you don’t have actual proof?

  • nefan65

    Is this case maker the same one that made all the 4s cases curved, in anticipation of a 4″ curved iPhone 4s?

    It’s all crap. We’ll know sometime in October what the new phone will look like.

  • RepairGenius

    There is a way that it could fit. Granted, it would be tricky but we mocked up a sketch of the 2 options (one taller phone, and one taller screen only) in this blog post, @ mr._bee. http://www.fix-iphones.com/blog/iphone-5-4inch-display-pros-cons-2. In this drawing, we kept our fist option the same size as the current, and increased the screen size only to 4 inches. In the middle is the iPhone in it’s current iteration. On the right (option 2) is increasing the whole size of the phone.

  • Solowalker

    Are you taking into account the rumor that the top bezel by the earpiece could be reduced, if not also by the home button? By my measurements, if they rearrange the sensors up there they’ve got plenty of room to free up 4mm up top alone.

  • Jamie King

    If they go with 4″ diagonal with the 16:9 AR it would make the screen 9cm high by 5cm wide.

  • mr_bee

    There is a way that it could fit. Granted, it would be tricky but we mocked up a sketch of the 2 options (one taller phone, and one taller screen only) in this blog post, @ mr._bee. http://www.fix-iphones.com/blog/iphone-5-4inch-display-pros-cons-2. In this drawing, we kept our fist option the same size as the current, and increased the screen size only to 4 inches. In the middle is the iPhone in it’s current iteration. On the right (option 2) is increasing the whole size of the phone.

    Well, pretty much everyone *except* Killian here are expecting a 3.99″-4.0″ screen in 16:9 and tthat the iPhone will stay the same width and have more or less the same side bezels but be somewhere around a quarter inch or a centimetre taller. No one else has a problem “fitting” the new screen on the front of such a phone.

    The leaks of the front panel from the new phone bear this out which show a taller phone with reduced bezels on the top and bottom. My point was that Killian is (so-far), the only person I’ve ever heard of who doesn’t think this will fit.

  • baby_Twitty

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    all these bullsh*t rumor cases again?!

    Give me break…

    why don’t these idiots ever learn…

  • Michael Dalessandro II

    This is the secrecy double up that Tim Cook was talking about. Apple is intentionally leaking specs and designs, BS or not. LIkely to see where they go, who ends up with them, and where their allies are.

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