Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Since they're the ones making the products, why wouldn't they just TELL the accessory makers the exact dimensions of their new products…
What in the world kind of sense does that make?
When it hits the streets, there won't be a single accessory that will work with it anyway! Have you seen any Dock Connector 2 pin descriptions leaked?! Leaks are NOT how case and accessory manufacturers find things out!
With all due respect, and granted I'm not an expert or an insider, but I have read dozens of articles over the years about how the accessory manufactures have to guess what features the new iPhone will have. In particular the case manufacturers. Now it could be poor reporting, but all of these articles, many on this very site have indicated that accessory makers are often the last to know, because apparently Apple does not inform them ahead of the announcement. Ergo, the leaks prepare the accessory makers, the announcement confirms it, and within a month, anticipated designs are fabricated and rolled into retail outlets. I realize that there wont be any new accessories available the day the phone hits the streets, but if the manufacturers didn't have a clue, and Apple does not tell them (after all why would they -- it's not their problem and the disclosure of which would just be a source of additional leaks for the competition, not to mention official confirmation), then it would be months after the fact, rather than weeks.
In which case my hypothesis makes a lot of sense.