We have come across a lot of leaked images of next gen iPhone, the iPhone 5. The phone is just round the corner, and a report has surfaced which suggests that the iPhone 5 is already rolling out of production lines in China. The devices are said to be manufactured by Apple’s new production partner, Pegatron, as opposed to its previous partnership with Foxconn, which is still very much alive.
In the meantime, as the announcement moment of next gen iPhone draws closer, few Chinese case manufacturers have already started manufacturing cases for fifth generation of iPhone. Previously, in case of iPhone 4, cases were in the market long before the actual device was launched, and all the cases were compatible once the device was in market. May be these case manufacturers have insider contacts to obtain the device illegally. Nevertheless, it is a risky job to produce cases for something which is few months away from launch.
Risky or not, we have come across few images showing fifth generation iPhone cases. All these cases are designed to accommodate a device with 4” display and there’s even room for the smaller 19 pin dock connector and the relocated 3.5mm headphone jack. Some of these cases look pretty cool, and the one posted above even has a kickstand which can turn the iPhone 5 into a perfect on the go multimedia device.
From now on, Apple will be using 19 pin dock connector as a standard for all devices, as opposed to previously used 30 pin 21 mm wide dock connector which is used on few iPods, all the iPads and iPhones. A standard 30 pin adaptor would mean adaptability of various accessories across most of the Apple’s mobile product, but the move behind 19 pin dock connector could be connected to Apple’s ambitious “authorized accessory program”. The new accessory program will prevent any un-authorized accessory manufacturer from producing accessories for Apple’s products without paying royalty to the Cupertino based technology giant. Besides that reason, the new connector also saves a lot of space on the base. Currently, most of the bottom of device is dominated by the 21mm wide dock connector, however, with the new 19 pin dock adapter, Apple has managed to squeeze in the 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the device, which was otherwise located on the top.
The ultimate beneficiary from this move would be accessory manufacturers themselves because they will be selling more units of their products. New dock port would mean that older accessories won’t be compatible with the new device, which would only mean that customers will have to purchase their favorite accessory again. On the other hand, Apple could also release an adapter which would make 30 pin accessories compatible with 19 pin dock connector, something like what the company has done with MagSafe 2 power connection on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and MacBook Air, however, an extra adapter isn’t something customers would fancy to carry around all the time. Conversely, newer accessories won’t be compatible with older Apple devices.
The new iPhone 5 is expected to launch in October and will be running on faster processor and support for 4G LTE is also expected. Currently, 34% of US smartphone market is dominated by Apple’s iPhone alone, which is of course a remarkable achievement, and we’re expecting that number to increase with the launch of iPhone 5 and iOS 6, which will bring 200 new features over older version of the proprietary operating system. If you are planning to buy an iPhone 5, you may very well prepare for it by buying some of these neat looking cases. Will the next gen iPhone be part of your shopping bag? What do you think about this move? Let us know using the comment form below.