Everything you wanted to know about the dimensions of Apple's secret phone in 2:39
How crazy is the Chinese market for smartphone cases? Check out the video below produced by MICGadget, our favorite English-language blog covering the Chinese electronics market.
Apple (AAPL) hasn't unveiled or even named its newest iPhone, but Chinese shops are already selling cases for the iPhone 5 in a wide variety of colors and designs. They all have the same dimensions, however, a fact that MICGadget attributes to a single iPhone 5 prototype that went missing recently from a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen.
There is reason to take these designs seriously. Chinese case manufacturers compete vigorously for narrow margins. They know their business and are not beyond using extra-legal means to get their hands on Apple's top secret prototypes. In June a Chinese court sent three people to prison on conspiracy charges for selling an early design for the iPad 2 to a case maker willing to pay 20,000 yuan ($3,000) for first crack at the market. See The iPad 2 leaks: A tale of bribery, theft and jail time.
iPhone 5 case video below the fold.
On the floor of Macworld 2011 we counted 61 different skins, stands and cases
One thing you can count on at any tech trade show is an army of entrepreneurs hawking accessories for whatever the hot product happens to be that year.
For the past few Macworlds -- the annual gathering for third-party Apple vendors that Apple (AAPL) no longer deigns to attend -- the accessory du jour was the iPhone case.
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