Apple’s going to announce the iPhone 5 today, which means that case manufacturers need to be prepared to get their products on store shelves as quickly as possible.
Last year, Case Mate made a mistake by publicizing “iPhone 5” cases ahead of the iPhone 4S launch that didn’t match the actual dimensions of the product. Another company, Hardcandy, made the same mistake. Even still, the company appears to at least think it has the dimensions correct this time around, because it recently provided CNET with a new Gumdrop case that it says will fit the iPhone 5.
The case is clearly aimed at the rugged-type and will retail for $44.95. It shows that the iPhone 5 will be taller than the iPhone 4S, to accomodate for the larger 4-inch display, and shows off the new area for Apple’s 9-pin “Lightning” dock connector.
We’re not sure why Hardcandy would mass produce cases again, unless it was really, really confident that the leaked dimensions were accurate. We’re sure to hear about plenty of other new cases later today.
Hardcandy Gumdrop iPhone 5 Case Gallery