Third party cases for iPhone 5 suggest 4 inch screen

Apple's iPhone 5 was expected to not have a massive change in its basic case design. Now there is evidence that the next version of the popular smartphone could have a bigger touch screen than first predicted. MacRumors.com is reporting that it has obtained what it claims are third party cases designed specifically for the iPhone 5. The report, which does not name the companies behind these cases, claims that after measuring them it concludes that they are for a smartphone with the dimensions of 4.7 inches by 2.6 inches.

Those case dimensions suggests that the iPhone 5's screen size could be as large as 4 inches. That is much bigger than the current iPhone 4, which has a 3.5 inch touch screen. If the iPhone 5 does indeed have a 4 inch screen, this directly contradicts a report from last week that said the phone wouldn't have a larger screen after all.

The site also measured the thickness of the case and concluded that based on the the case design, the iPhone 5 is .30 inches at its thickest point. The design of the case suggests that the phone also tapers by approximately .065 inches from the top to the bottom. That would mean the iPhone 5 has a thinner design than the current iPhone 4.

In related news, AppleInsider.com reports that the actual production of the iPhone 5 may now be underway for a possible launch in October. The report, which cites a Chinese language web site, claims that Foxconn and Pegatron are working jointly to manufacture the iPhone 5.

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