Another iPhone 5 Prototype Gets Lost, Case Makers Take Advantage

According to a Chinese accessories supplier in Shenzhen, an iPhone 5 prototype was stolen from Foxconn, Apple's handset manufacturer, and sold to case makers. The prototype, which sold for about $2000, could be the source of numerous iPhone 5 cases available on the market in China.

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An incident occurred a few weeks ago, when one of the Apple's employees lost an iPhone 5 prototype in a tequila bar in San Francisco. A similar thing happened last year with an iPhone 4 prototype that was sold on the internet shortly after being reported lost.

All these unofficial iPhone 5 accessories that keep surfacing seem to indicate a different design from the iPhone 4, with thinner cases, which are wider and longer. This is, of course, only speculation until next Tuesday, when Apple will announce its highly-awaited smartphone to the hungry audience at an event at its Cupertino headquarters.

The iPhone 5 is thought to have new features such as: an 8 MP camera, A5 dual core processor, a wider screen and advanced voice control features. But there is still no news about the release of a lower-end version (iPhone 4S/4GS). Could Apple continue its strategy and release a single iPhone model?