Chinese case makers have already started selling alleged iPhone 5 cases around China. One report calls the cases, “everywhere in China”. Earlier this week a picture appeared of a next generation iPhone case. The picture clearly showed that the case had curves and a larger home button area. Since then, there have been rumours of the iPhone 5 having curves, similar to the iPhone 3Gs. But that wasn’t the only thing you were able to determine from the picture, since the cases showed a much larger area for the home button.
One vendor is selling these silicon cases on a Chinese trade site, Alibaba.com, for 2CNY which is about $0.31, however each with a minimum order of 500 pieces. The new cases contradict some pre-existing rumours regarding Apple’s next iPhone. In May, there were reports of the Flash for Apple’s iPhone 5 to be moved away from the rear-end camera, yet the picture shows the flash in the exact same position as in the iPhone 4.
Numerous iPhone reports had also suggested that the iPhone 5 would only have slight modifications from the previous iPhone, and some were calling the next device an iPhone 4Gs. Chinese case manufacturers have in the past been the source of leaks of upcoming Apple products, such as the iPad 2. Last year, Foxconn became suspicious of the iPad 2 leaks and had contacted the police. Then, last December, Foxconn had fired 3 employees.
We’ll see if these cases really were accurate in September, when the iPhone 5 is rumoured to launch.