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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I predict that the IPhone 5 may be Delayed till 2012 at the rate that us Apple Developers are having trouble with IOS 5.0 Beta 7! I now have 15 crashes total when examining my IPhone 3GS with XCode 4.2 Beta 7!

P.S. The IPhone 3GS Known Issue with having to put it into DFU Mode just to Upgrade from Beta 6 to Beta 7 when using ITunes 10.5 Beta 7 to install it is a Show Stopper Bug, at least in my Opinion that is! Just FYI!

Are you News Guys even bothering to read all my Posts about IOS 5.0 Beta 7 Known Issues? At the rate that us Testers are having problems with it, they may have to ship the IPhone 5 with IOS 4.3.X in order to release it in October! Just FYI!

//sarcasm on
Time for Samsung to sue Apple for a possible Galaxy S/SII rip-off (4" screen)
//sarcasm off

Just like the size of the screen on the Samsung Focus and Galaxy S ? Quick, somebody notifies Samsung so that they can retaliate... /s

If it's the same size as before, the Apple zealots will say 4 inches is too big. If it's 4 inches, they'll say it was a good idea.

Soldiers33 said,
do we really want to know if a screen is bigger then previous model?

Well, it's important to me, and I'm sure it's important to millions of other people too.

I swear, these rumors cover every single possibility. We've had rumors that the phone will be the same size, be bigger, and that they'll release a small version. It just makes it so useless to read...