Based on iPhone 5 case listings on Alibaba, incremental looks to be the word of the year for Apple. The cases show the iPhone 5 sharing the same exterior casing as the iPhone 4, but donning that purported 4″ screen we’ve been hearing about recently. Based on the cases, the added .5″ (over the current 3.5″) will be added without sacrificing size, by simply shrinking the bezel, resulting in a near edge-to-edge screen. Alibaba, the source of these case leaks has been accurate in the past, revealing the iPad 2 design long before Steve Jobs took the stage in March.
The case designs reveal a phone nearly identical to the current iPhone 4, with a Micro SIM slot on the right side, camera and LED flash modules on the back left, and openings on top of the headphone jack and sleep/wake buttons that have been gracing the iPhone since 2007. What the cases obviously don’t show, are the expected upgrades to the internals. The iPhone 5 is speculated to use the same dual-core A5 processor as the iPad 2, as well as sport a GSM/CDMA chip. Apple’s next flagship mobile device is expected to be announced in June.
The leaked case images certainly seem to substantiate the recent slew of iPhone 5 rumors, which also center around a 4″ screen and styling almost identical to iPhone 4.
If the rumors are true, the Pictek mockup could be exactly what many of you will have in your pockets come this summer.
Here’s hoping the next iPhone will be packing iOS 5 and some sort of 4G radio. What do you think? Are these alleged upgrades enough for you? Would you buy one?