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Exclusive: Here Are Four Possible Apple iPhone 5 or 4GS Cases

We received pictures of these four different cases on Friday evening, pictures of what look like accessories for the next generation iPhone 5 and iPhone 4GS. We have no proof whether these are actual accessories for Apple's forthcoming smartphones but they do not look like poorly made renders.

Unfortunately, the photos sent were low resolution, but there were some fairly significant details; two of the casings had two tiny holes at the back, near the bottom of the case which could be contacts for a charging point while the two others didn't.

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This supports the belief that Apple will release two versions of the iPhone 5 (or an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4GS); as expected from genuine cases, the cut outs for the volume buttons, the speakers, the proprietary connector, the headphone socket, the Apple logo and camera lens and flash modules are where one would expect them to be.

We're puzzled though by the size of the opening for the camera lens and flash modules. On all four cases, they appear to be a tad bigger than the equivalent opening for the current iPhone 4 cases. Note also the curvature of the inside of the cases which would tend to indicate that the iPhone 5 or 4GS may end up with a different form factor.

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 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.