Over the weekend, more evidence emerged pointing to an iPhone 5 design with a noticeably larger display and form factor.
9to5Mac yesterday posted alleged photos of iPhone 5 cases which purport to show a significantly larger form factor. Further, the case indicates that the next-gen iPhone will sport a tapered (a.k.a teardrop) design, getting thinner from top to bottom.
The case goes thick to thin from top to bottom. In addition, the sources who provided us with these two new cases have shared some dimensions. According to them, the case is 5 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide. These are tight cases so the iPhone 5 dimensions should only be a few millimeters smaller than those numbers. For comparison, the iPhone 4 is 4.5 inches tall and 2.31 inches wide.
While reports of a larger iPhone screen have persisted for months, this is the first credible evidence we’ve seen pointing to a completely larger form factor. This of course aligns with a rumor we detailed a few weeks ago stating that Apple was pushing forward with a completely new iPhone design after the iPhone 4 design fell out of favor with Apple’s top executives.
Case manufacturers have certainly led us astray, but we’re inclined to buy into a larger iPhone form factor thanks, in large part, to a recent report from MIC Gadget which claims that these larger iPhone 5 cases can be seen “everywhere in China.”
These iPhone 5 cases are reportedly already available for bulk purchase. The lesson? If a case manufacturer is willing to start producing these cases in bulk, it suggests they’re fairly certain that this is going to be the final design.