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iPhone 5 Cases Appear Online

Chinese manufacturers have started to produce casings for the iPhone 5 and pictures of the accessories have started to pop up online.

Apple Insider (opens in new tab) published one picture of case rendering that shows no apparent changes to the button and SIM card slot placements.

Ditto for the camera an flash as well as the control; more importantly perhaps, it would show that Apple hasn't abandon the steel outer frame on the iPhone 4 which is doubles as an antenna.

The report mentions a "reliable source" which said that the cases were prototypes based on the mockup of the iPhone 5 provided by Apple.

While accessories manufacturers have correctly predicted some of the details of forthcoming Apple devices, it has been more a matter of hit and miss and we suspect that this one is an educated guess instead.

The iPhone 5, which we predict will be launched on the 6th of June, will almost certainly retain the same hardware as the iPad 2 for development and cost reasons.

We do not think that it will have a radically different design or that it will sport a bigger screen like many rumours, most of them emanating from China, suggested.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.