It appears that MacRumors has the done the heavy lifting in exploding the claims that the current el cheap-o iPhone 5 cases currently being sold ahead of the next iPhone release are in fact fraudulent.
A phenomenal MacRumors article today reveals an impressive array of specs and blueprints of the iPhone 5 that their own designers retro-designed from the original design document that they reported on back on July 26th. The design specs from this article came originally from MobileFun, who included the design document (a kind of graphical blueprint) along with snapshots of the purported iPhone 5 cases, which were reported to have come from a different manufacturer. However, MobileFun stipulated that “this release seems to corroborate many of the features indicated by the first image,” and that the specs and iPhone 5 case were copesthetic with one another.
MacRumors‘ findings, however, suggest otherwise.
After explaining that “Based on that same design document, we commissioned a set of renderings in an attempt to get an idea of what the iPhone 5 might look like,” there was one problem: “What we can’t explain, however, is that the actual third-party cases circulating are significantly longer and wider than what the design document would have suggested.”
In other words, the purported specs of the iPhone 5 suggested by the design document blueprint in the original article from MobileFun apparently don’t produce an iPhone 5 that fits the cases that are supposedly designed from that same blueprint!
MacRumors has been incredibly generous and magnanamous in their own report, concluding, “Unfortunately, we don’t have any definitive answers.” Other tech websites, like 9to5Mac, seem more than willing to forgive the incongruity between the specs of the original iPhone 5 case design document and mis-fitting iPhone 5 cases by saying simply, “why would case manufacturers begin spending millions of dollars to build these cases without any definite knowledge?”
The fact remains, however, that none of these reported iPhone 5 cases are being released by any of the top-tier iPhone case manufacturers. Instead, they seem to be coming from the same level of manufacturer that creates “dollar store” iPhone cases that cost pennies to produce at most. Thus, it really remains to be seen if “millions of dollars” are being spent on this current crop of speculative iPhone 5 cases, and instead woud suggest that opportunists in Asia are looking to capitalize on the old adage that a sucker is born every minute.
On the contrary, the iPhone 5 News Blog‘s source is an executive at a legitimate iPhone case manufacturer in Asia, and his source is from one of the largest iPhone case companies in the world. All of these sources are saying the opposite: that the next iPhone will retain the same form factor as the iPhone 4. That notion, along with recent photos of leaked components, remains much more realistic than the “phantom iPhone 5″ with a 4-inch screen that these iPhone 5 cases purport.
iPhone 5 Case-Gate: Something’s Fishy
While the rest of the iPhone 5 rumor mill is busy trying to sort out who is telling the truth and who is lying with respect to the lost iPhone 5 prototype, no one is asking questions about this story, and what part (or all) of it is true/untrue? To be sure, MacRumors is the honest broker in the story, since it was they who did the due diligence in determining that the iPhone 5 the original MobileFun design blueprint would produce would not fit into the cases that were created from the same blueprint.
Remember, MobileFun claimed in their article, “If these images are authentic – and we have every reason to believe that they are – then the iPhone 5 is a radical evolution of the iPhone concept, and a bigger departure from the iPhone 4 than previous case images have shown.” If we take Mobilefun’s word for it and both the design document and iPhone 5 case photos are “authentic,” then it means that the iPhone 5 cases are so poorly made that they don’t even fit the iPhone 5 specs that they are supposedly based on.
Or, another possibility is that MobileFun was sent fake photos — either one or both of them are fake — and it was irresponsible to say that the iPhone 5 case “seems to corroborate many of the features indicated by the first image” of the iPhone 5 design. Clearly, they do not, and because they do not, the entire reliability of their story is contaminated — meaning that the long line of stories that came after it are all rendered bupkis.
At this juncture, it would be interesting for iPhone enthusiasts to be made privy to what MobileFun knew, and when they knew it. This story has dominated the iPhone 5 rumor mill for the entire duration of the summer, and it now appears that the entire story has been debunked even before the next iPhone is released.
Related: “More iPhone 5 Case Sightings, and What You Need To Know About iPhone Case Designers.”
Many thanks to MacRumors for their insightful report!