A new video uses an case out of China to show how a “speculative” iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display would measure up against the iPhone 5s, Nexus 5, and Galaxy Note 3. But how reliable is a leaked case, anyway?
Don’t bank too much on this video. In the cutthroat business of being a smartphone casemaker, any lead you can have on the competition counts. This is why cases for devices like the iPhone 6 leak out of Asia months before Apple has even announced the device: having a compatible case on store shelves for when a new iPhone does drop means a big leg up over your competitors.
But being early often means getting things wrong, which is why no one should hope to glean any incontrovertible proof about the nature of future iPhones based upon cases that are already available for sale. These cases are gambles. If you look at them as Vegas odds (or, rather, Shenzhen odds) on what the next iPhone will look like, though, they can still be interesting.
Right now, the consensus is an iPhone 6 around the same size as a Nexus 5. But that could change over the next few months, as casemakers get more reliable info.