While it is still months away from a prospective release date, Apple’s next smartphone, the iPhone 6, already has accessories. In the most recent leak, a set of multicolored cases have surfaced, and if accurate, they offer a view as to what the next iPhone could look like. However, case manufacturers may not be the most reliable source for leaks, so take the images with a grain of salt.
The cases, first leaked on the French site Nowhereelse.fr, are supposedly from a Chinese case manufacturer. The case has rounded edges, but not as rounded as some projected images have shown. Recently published schematics have insinuated that the next iPhone would resemble the design of the original iPhone, moving away from the current square design.
Another notable change comes with the power/sleep button’s placement. Since the beginning of the iPhone line, Apple has positioned the sleep button on the upper right corner of the device. Recent rumors suggest that the iPhone 6 will come in two different sizes, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version.
With the increased size, the sleep button may have to be moved to improve ergonomics of using the phone. The silicon case does not have a cutout for the sleep button in the traditional right top corner; instead, a cutout is placed on the right side.
Mostly this case brings nothing new to the table and is probably, as 9t05mac stated, a “case makers attempt[ing] to get ahead of the game and manufacture a product based on rumored specifications.” Take it or leave it, the case does signal one thing for sure -- people are excited for the next iPhone.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is speculated to release in September this year, while the 5.5-inch version will come later, possibly in the fourth quarter. Alongside the screen improvements, the iPhone 6 is rumored to have an improved optical-stabilized camera and a faster A8 processor. It will most likely run iOS 8, which will be announced in June at WWDC. Recently Apple analyst Peter Misek came out saying the iPhone 6 may cost $100 more than previous versions.