Case-Mate Now Says iPhone 5 And iPhone 4S Both Coming [Updated]

As reported by Michael on Thursday, electronic device case manufacturer Case-Mate first posted, then pulled what can probably be best-described as an Apple unauthorized preview of its iPhone 5 case line. Presumably, Apple was not amused.

To wit: Case-Mate has now replaced the preview with a page containing a nuanced discussion of Apple’s forthcoming handset hardware roadmap and only one cryptic image labeled “iPhone?”.

The note on the Case-Mate Website observes that the wait is almost over as the next generation iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S will be released in the coming weeks, noting that the guessing game continues as to whether Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S. Case-Mate pledges to be ready in either instance with a collection of iPhone 5 cases / iPhone 4S cases to protect your new iPhone.

The case vendor says that now only days away from Macworld Asia 2011, incorporating a conference from September 22-23 and Expo from September 22-25 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, the countdown to the iPhone 5 announcement and launch is officially on, with more and more reports saying that Apple is expected to time the long awaited iPhone 5 announcement to coincide with the conference in Beijing. As Apple fans around the globe patiently (?!) wait out the final days, Case-Mate says its insider sources have in hand the sought-after details on the iPhone 5 features, including the form factor and launch date, but coyly affirms that “rumors are” the new iPhone 5 will feature a completely different form factor than its predecessor, but gets more specific noting that the redesigned fifth-generation device will be wider and thinner, and feature an extended home button, teasing that the screen size could also see an increase to 4 inches.

They note that also included in the rumors is that the iPhone 5 will be powered by an A5 dual-core processor, similar to the one used in the iPad 2, equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, support wireless charging and have iOS 5, which features iCloud portable storage capabilities (essentially a given), launch worldwide simultaneously, and be available in black and white with 16GB and 32 GB options, with insiders expecting an early October launch.

Case-Mate says its collection of iPhone 5 cases will range from the slim Barely There to the protective Tough case.

Update: The French Apple news site HardMac today posted photographs of what the Chinese language Hong Kong based site unwire.hk suggests is a screen protector for the iPhone 5, along with mockup renderings of what the handset is guessed to look like.

HardMac’s Lionel notes that based on these pictures, it appears that the fifth-generation iPhone is a bit longer but quite a bit broader with a bigger Home button.

You can check it out at:

http://bit.ly/mTIh2d

More pictures at:

http://bit.ly/rtJylN

As for the debate over whether the new iPhone will be an iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, Case-Mate allows that according to its inside resources, it appears that Apple will be indeed launching both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S in early October, adding that speculation indicates that the iPhone 4S will feature the same form factor as the iPhone 4 but be internally upgraded with the latest technology, including the A5 dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera.



For more information, visit:

http://www.case-mate.com/iphone-5-4s-cases/

HardMac’s Lionel notes that based on these pictures it appears that the fifth-generation iPhone is a bit longer but quite a bit broader with a bigger Home button.

You can check it out at:

http://bit.ly/mTIh2d

More pictures at:

http://bit.ly/rtJylN

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