Purported iPhone 6 cases suggest design changes

Cases sometimes provide hints at what Apple has planned, and if this one's real, it means that a larger screen is coming and that the power button will be repositioned.

Concept art for the iPhone 6, courtesy of NAK Studio. Antoine Brieux/NAK Studio

Photos of purported iPhone 6 cases have popped up on the Web and seem to show features that have been rumored over the last several months.

The cases, made by an unidentified third-party and specifically designed for the iPhone 6, feature the same design in a few colors. They come with a screen opening of 4.7 inches and a new location for the power switch from the top of the iPhone to the side. The cases also include rectangular volume controls on the opposite side of the power button. An opening for Apple's logo and another for a camera are also in the cases.

Although the design seems to match the rumors, it's not clear what came first. In the past, small case companies have designed products to match what they believe Apple's devices will offer. Some case companies also work closely with the supply chain to find out what Apple is producing and base designs on that. It's not clear from the reports whether this case design matches either instance.

What is clearer, however, is that Apple appears to be making major changes to the iPhone this year. It's believed, based on industry rumors, that the iPhone 6 will come with a 4.7-inch display and enhanced internal components. Apple may also unveil an iOS phablet featuring a 5.5-inch display.

For its part, Apple has remained quiet on its plans.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the report. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via 9to5 Mac)

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