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iPhone 5 Silicone Sleeves Already in AT&T Stores

With just a few days until the release of Apple's new star smartphone, carriers are gearing up for expected huge demand. AT&T, one of the largest US wireless carriers who is going to be offering the iPhone 5, has already received silicone sleeves for the next-generation handset.

Some recent photos sent by an AT&T employee to MacRumors showing the sleeves, give important hints about the design of the upcoming iPhone. The photos feature a low-end case without a mention of any brand, in a package larger than usual labeled "Cell Phone Accessory - Silicone Sleeve Apple iPhone 5".

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The overall design of the new iPhone seems to be narrow, with a mute switch on the right upper side, very much similar to the cases that have proliferated in China for months. Another previously leaked photo, apparently from AT&T's inventory system, showed seven new products related to the iPhone 5, with soft or hard cases and skin products, in different colours.

Things are really heating up before Tim Cook announces the most awaited smartphone of the year. The expectations are high and, according to technology analysts and pundits, the iPhone 5 is should make a big impact on the smartphone market with its new voice recognition software, as well as other new and enhanced features such as dual-core A5 processor, sleek design, and improved graphics performance.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.