Accessory Makers Leak New iPhone 5 Design

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Apple has yet to breathe a word about the iPhone 5, but makers of accessories for this upcoming smartphone are much less close-mouthed. Images of cases and screen protectors that have appeared online show help confirm some of rumored design changes.

Case-Mate iPhone 5 CaseThe best evidence available for the new design comes from Apple itself. The company appears to have put a small icon of the iPhone 5 in the software bundled with iOS 5, where it was discovered by developers looking through the beta version of this operating system. There’s little detail, but it shows that this smartphone is going to be wider than its predecessor, and have a larger Home button.

Today, there were new developments. Case-Mate accidentally posted on its website pictures of several cases for Apple’s upcoming model. These are clearly for a device that’s squarer than the iPhone 4 (see image at right). The extra space is allegedly going to make room for a screen that’s slightly larger than the one in the current model.

In addition, an image coming out of Hong Kong supposedly shows a screen protector intended for the iPhone 5. This image (shown here) has a wide opening for the Home button. According to earlier reports, Apple is going to increase the size of the Home button in order to turn it into a gesture area.

Other details that have leaked out over the summer indicate that the fifth-generation iPhone will run iOS 5 on a dual-core Apple A4 processor. The device will supposedly be slimmer and include an 8MP camera. The launch is rumored for next month.

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