iPhone 5 Has Aluminum Back in Leaked Case Pics

Apple is expected to announce its iPhone 5 any day now and accessory maker Case-Mate may have jumped the gun with a page on its website featuring six new case designs for the next-generation smartphone.

The cases, assuming they’re built to the actual iPhone 5’s specs, indicate that Apple’s next smartphone will have a slimmer profile than the iPhone 4, but what looks to be a wider body. The tapered edges evident in the case designs would mean Apple may be moving away from the flat-panel look of the current smartphone .

That’s in keeping with what we’ve seen before, so let’s add this to the huge pile of evidence that the iPhone 5 will indeed be different from its predecessor. Meanwhile, whoever the poor soul at Case-Mate is who posted these pics is probably currently being called onto the Apple carpet.

The now disappeared Case-Mate page clearly referenced the iPhone 5. One case, called the “iPhone 5 Barely There Brushed Aluminum Case,” may offer the best view of the iPhone 5’s basic shape, an aluminum backing on the next-gen smartphone itself, several ports, including what looks to be a dock connector at the bottom, and a rear-facing camera.

Case-Mate’s purported iPhone 5 cases were priced between $15 and $40 before the page was pulled.

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