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Third-party protective iPhone cases for a redesigned model with a taller 4-inch screen and a smaller dock connector have begun to appear online in anticipation of Apple's next-generation handset.

The new cases are now available for purchase form China's TVC-Mall.com, and were first publicized on Wednesday by Cydia Blog. In addition to a taller screen and smaller dock connector, the cases also show a headphone jack that has been moved to the bottom of the device.

The online store also gives customers a warning that it cannot "guarantee this product can be used in iPhone 5." Last year, third-party case manufacturers bet — and lost — on a redesigned iPhone and began selling products based on a design that never came to be.

The cases do not offer any new details on Apple's anticipated next-generation iPhone, as the design matches previous rumors, which have been supported by pictures of alleged prototype parts that have leaked online. Reports have claimed that Apple's sixth-generation iPhone will feature a 26 percent larger 16-to-9 display, along with a smaller 19-pin dock connector that will replace the 30-pin design currently found on Apple's iOS devices.

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More leaked parts that surfaced online this week suggest the next iPhone will have a centered FaceTime camera, while the home button below the screen will remain unchanged. Numerous reports have also claimed Apple plans to adopt new in-cell touchscreen that will allow the display on the next iPhone to be thinner than its current glass-on-glass solution.

Industry watchers suspect that Apple will release the next iPhone about a year after the launch of the iPhone 4S, September or October. That would allow Apple to take advantage of the lucrative holiday shopping season, which helped result in record breaking sales of the iPhone 4S at launch last year.
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So the display is longer but how much longer is the device? It could stand to be slightly longer without negatively affecting the user experience but I assume that the forehead and chin will also be reduced to help minimize that additional length.

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Smart.  They have nothing to lose.  I'm sure they'll recoup costs based on demand for anything Apple related.  These cases are so cheap to design and make, they can easily tweak when the real specs come out.

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

So the display is longer but how much longer is the device? It could stand to be slightly longer without negatively affecting the user experience but I assume that the forehead and chin will also be reduced to help minimize that additional length.

If we go by the hardware shells that were photographed, they showed reduced bezels that indicate the next iPhone should be almost the same size as the current one:

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They might sharpen the corners slightly so it doesn't look odd but very little noticable difference.

They shouldn't make it wider so at worst it will be a little taller.
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That's terrible, the 16:9 aspect ratio sucks. Keep it how it is now. Widen it as well as lengthen it. 

 

 


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Lol that's exactly the case I have on my 4... only they removed the hole for the apple logo?  Maybe they don't know where it is yet?

 

Interesting detail if this case is "correct": notice how the volume and mute switch have a larger gap from the top of phone than the current iPhone.  To maintain easy reach with your thumb I guess?

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If we go by the hardware shells that were photographed, they showed reduced bezels that indicate the next iPhone should be almost the same size as the current one:
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They might sharpen the corners slightly so it doesn't look odd but very little noticable difference.
They shouldn't make it wider so at worst it will be a little taller.

 

 

if the screen is really 16:9, increasing how wide the screen is will results in a taller screen also. But if the top/bottom bezel has been reduce more than the side ones, it will compensate indeed. The current 4s screen size is 3:2 inch which is a 1.5 ratio.  The 16:9 ratio is 1.78. So if the screen remains 2" wide, the new screen will be 3.5 inch tall. If the reduce the side bezel a bit, we may get a 3.6 or 3.7 tall screen. 

 

 

But what I would like Apple to do is come up with a water resistant and shock resistant phone, on top of a new design.


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I am going to reserver judgement on this, but I'm worried for the first time that Apple may flub this rev.  I hope this thing is not just a longer/taller screen, but is more like this mock-up i.e. also a wider screen.  It's the only one I've seen that I might be able to live with.  

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I am going to reserver judgement on this, but I'm worried for the first time that Apple may flub this rev.  I hope this thing is not just a longer/taller screen, but is more like this mock-up i.e. also a wider screen.  It's the only one I've seen that I might be able to live with.  


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No,no, please don't suicide over a phone! There is more to life than this!

Oh my God.  I was can't believe I was so close and... and... you cared enough to stop me.  Thank you, lightknight.  You are truly a noble person.

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If we go by the hardware shells that were photographed, they showed reduced bezels that indicate the next iPhone should be almost the same size as the current one:
 

 

 

regardless of form factor, there's a very high likelihood my next mobile phone will be the next iteration of the iPhone.  my current iPhone 3GS has been working great since 2009, despite the few instances requiring me to reboot the device.

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If we go by the hardware shells that were photographed, they showed reduced bezels that indicate the next iPhone should be almost the same size as the current one:
299
They might sharpen the corners slightly so it doesn't look odd but very little noticable difference.
They shouldn't make it wider so at worst it will be a little taller.
I like that look far better than the "leaks" that show a phone that looks significantly taller.
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Lol that's exactly the case I have on my 4... only they removed the hole for the apple logo?  Maybe they don't know where it is yet?

Interesting detail if this case is "correct": notice how the volume and mute switch have a larger gap from the top of phone than the current iPhone.  To maintain easy reach with your thumb I guess?
They probably kept the gaps and openings overly large to hedge their bets as they don't know any more than we do regarding specific details on where switches will be placed or what size everything will be.
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If we go by the hardware shells that were photographed, they showed reduced bezels that indicate the next iPhone should be almost the same size as the current one:
299
They might sharpen the corners slightly so it doesn't look odd but very little noticable difference.
They shouldn't make it wider so at worst it will be a little taller.

 

Everything I've seen indicates that it will be a little bigger than these images show.  All the leaked videos and pictures of the part show it to be around a centimetre or so longer and the same width.  

 

These pictures make it look like a half centimetre or less difference.  

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So the display is longer but how much longer is the device? It could stand to be slightly longer without negatively affecting the user experience but I assume that the forehead and chin will also be reduced to help minimize that additional length.

 

I'm more interested in how thin it is (or isn't).  

 

I wish someone would actually get out a ruler and publish measurements in a situation like this but no one ever seems to think of it.  

 

For instance everyone who's handled the new backplate part says that it's "thinner" but no one says by how much.  On the other hand, all the renders of the new iPhone based on the leaks, (and now these cases), make it  appear as if it's the exact same thickness.  

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I'm more interested in how thin it is (or isn't).  

 

I wish someone would actually get out a ruler and publish measurements in a situation like this but no one ever seems to think of it.  

 

They don't because they don't have the actual thing to measure. 

 

This could end up being just like last year, totally wrong. 

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... The current 4s screen size is 3:2 inch which is a 1.5 ratio.  The 16:9 ratio is 1.78. So if the screen remains 2" wide, the new screen will be 3.5 inch tall. If the reduce the side bezel a bit, we may get a 3.6 or 3.7 tall screen. ...

 

I don't think this is right.  The current iPhone is actually 3.5" (9cm) and 4:3 ratio.  

 

Since all the leaks agree on the new form factor it would be easier just to measure the new part, but in the videos and stills I have seen the new iPhone looks roughly a centimetre taller and the same width.  It's will also either the same thickness or perhaps a millimetre or so thinner. 

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I'm more interested in how thin it is (or isn't).  

I wish someone would actually get out a ruler and publish measurements in a situation like this but no one ever seems to think of it.  

For instance everyone who's handled the new backplate part says that it's "thinner" but no one says by how much.  On the other hand, all the renders of the new iPhone based on the leaks, (and now these cases), make it  appear as if it's the exact same thickness.  

The leaks do appear the same thickness as the current iPhone which would suck unless battery life were increased significantly. Strangely all of the rumors seem to point to a far thinner phone including this one posted here months ago.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/05/03/rumor_apples_next_iphone_will_be_2mm_thinner_with_4_screen_metal_back.html

See the reference to the yet to be released Smart Case? Could validate the information in the rumor.

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They don't because they don't have the actual thing to measure. 

This could end up being just like last year, totally wrong. 

At this point if all these leaks do prove to be wrong this will be the biggest bust for the tech media. Either way I've warmed up to the leaked design and I'd even consider upgrading to it from my 4S.
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I don't think this is right.  The current iPhone is actually 3.5" (9cm) and 4:3 ratio.  

 

Since all the leaks agree on the new form factor it would be easier just to measure the new part, but in the videos and stills I have seen the new iPhone looks roughly a centimetre taller and the same width.  It's will also either the same thickness or perhaps a millimetre or so thinner. 

 

 

Pretty sure the iPhone is a 3:2 ratio vs. the iPad which is 4:3.

 

I still maintain all the leaks are wrong and the iPhone will keep a 3.5" display. 

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I have no inside contact and there have been so maybe in the know rumors, so I think I will just wait for Apple's product announcement.
 

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post #21 of 28

Thank god i bought samsung galaxy s3, i was always iphone lover but not anymore, they r falling behind big time, with the same UI year after year.

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Thank god i bought samsung galaxy s3, i was always iphone lover but not anymore, they r falling behind big time, with the same UI year after year.

 

Congrats. You just need to stick a handle into it, and you will find your plastic shovel useful for for things like digging in a backyard, wiping floors, removing frost from a windshield, etc.

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If you buy one of these stupid things, what are going to do with it? Stare at the empty space that is where your next phone is supposed to be? Pretend you have an invisible iPhone 5/6/4SS?

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Thank god i bought samsung galaxy s3, i was always iphone lover but not anymore, they r falling behind big time, with the same UI year after year.

Right. Because progress = perpetually changing UI.

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Thank god i bought samsung galaxy s3, i was always iphone lover but not anymore, they r falling behind big time, with the same UI year after year.

 

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Right. Because progress = perpetually changing UI.

 

Ya!  Think of how successful a total changeover typically is- you know, like windows XP to Vista.  And think of the opposite of how terrible the change from Vista to 7 was- much like all the simple, mediocre OS X changes.  iOS 1 is just like changing OSX from tiger to Mountain Lion- you can't even tell the difference because there are so little changes.

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Right. Because progress = perpetually changing UI.

 

lack of innovation makes u repeat urself over and over again with a little tweak here or there, why people loved apple in the first place, whats the main reason , INNOVATION, we say apple changed the world and its true, though their devices was so limited, alot of basic stuff wasnt there, a simple copy and paste took apple a while to implement it, even a very simple thing like setting our music as ringtones apple wont allow that just to make u go and buy them, these r just a few examples crossed mu mind of a long list, that forced people to go and jailbreak ( look at the name jail-break), but still we stayed with apple coz we liked the new innovation apple brought to us, manipulating a device, browsing the internet with my fingers so easily, but that innovation is everywhere now, and as a consumer im looking at more ways to expand my experience with the phone, the freedom with my own phone, carriers tie us up with contracts and apple tie us up with limited software, even if its easy to use, its becoming boring, do u prefer an easy game or hard game, do u prefer to drive the easy automatic car or more challenging and u like the control of a manuel car, thats why i never buy locked phones and i wont buy apple again unless this have changed coz they dont have anything special now between their hands, Android is selling like cakes now 50M so far, not coz people hate apple, when i want to pay money and change my phone, i want something new, look, feel, customization, freedom, innovation, but selling my iphone 4 that i have for 2 years and get iphone 5 is a totally waste of money, id rather stick with my iphone 4. 

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Smart.  They have nothing to lose.  I'm sure they'll recoup costs based on demand for anything Apple related.  These cases are so cheap to design and make, they can easily tweak when the real specs come out.

 

Actually, molds are quite costly. And if they go ahead and manufacture before final specs are released, a manufacturer could lose millions.

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Thank god i bought samsung galaxy s3...

 

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selling my iphone 4 that i have for 2 years and get iphone 5 is a totally waste of money, id rather stick with my iphone 4. 

 

 

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