Hot on the heels of the purported iPhone 5 screen protector surfacing this morning, BGR is reporting that more accessories have turned up in the next-generation iPhone department. Case-maker Case-Mate just unveiled 6 new iPhone 5 cases.

Sure, we’ve already seen several cases that are reportedly for Apple’s next smartphone. But not from a company as well-known as Case-Mate. And the phone design depicted in the pictures is better looking than anything we’ve seen so far…

The form factor shown in Case-Mate’s photos matches up fairly well with previous iPhone 5 case designs we’ve seen. The mute button is on the opposite side of the volume controls, and the body looks slimmer and more tapered than the previous model.

The images even depict a device with an aluminum backing, something we’ve been hearing for several months.

Given the fact that accessory-makers have a history of exposing the design of Apple products ahead of announcement, we had to give these cases some attention. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t a bit skeptical.

As many have suggested, this could very well be a publicity stunt — a move to generate website traffic. However, the design falls in line with previous rumors, and all of them seem to point to the same thing. Caste-Mate isn’t an obscure accessory maker, either. It would be a shame for the company to put its entire reputation with Apple and its customers on the line with a move like this. I guess we’ll know for sure in a few weeks.

What do you think of this iPhone 5 design? Is it an improvement over the iPhone 4?

UPDATE: Case-Mate has pulled the case renders from its site. The wrath of Cupertino is not to be trifled with.

  • Acolz

    What the heck?

  • @Max_Kas

    I hope that this is true. I’m going to be so irritated if Apple made us wait this long only to reveal a iPhone 4g(S). Although, the volume buttons on this look a little odd so hopefully Apple will keep the metal round ones. Also, this looks like its basically a mini iPad 2. I’m not sure if they would make the iPhone 5 to resemble the iPad 2 so much with aluminum back and all. Seems a little boring.

  • R

    Twenty bucks says the 5 looks like that. And if you click the link to “Case-Mate” in the first paragraph, they share their own rumors of what is happening, and it all sounds quite plausible.

  • Metal volume buttons need to get back and it needs to be more like a “phone”. With that I mean: make it a little heavier, a little rounder…

  • Craig

    These could just as easily be iPod cases and as for the volume rockers, if they are the same as the current iPod, they’re gonna suck, they are in a terrible place, especially with the shape, a real bastard to press with the same hand you are holding it with.

  • Stuart

    SOmething I don’t see anyone keying on is this:

    1) the landing page seems to confirm there will be 2 models (I don’t believe the BS they say about who knows what apple will reveal)
    2) the landing page also confirms the names will be Iphone4s and Iphone5

    • matt

      The landing page doesn’t confirm this at all. They state both 4s and 5 because they don’t know the name that will be used, just like the rest of us.

  • Sam

    These look more like itouches.

  • I HOPE those aren’t it. Those volume rockers on the iPod touch are downright terrible.

    • Steve

      Agreed!! Worst buttons ever!

  • Usama

    iPhone 5 or next generation 3G iPod Touch?

  • Josh

    Those might as well be iPod Touch 4G cases. And how many times have we heard iDB’s famous phrase: “this could be the real deal”?

  • Jasper

    They look like iPod touches to me

  • John Mahjikk

    It’s a phone. If you look at the black case at the end of the multiple-color case “lineup” you can make out the earpiece to the phone. The volume buttons are on the same side as the current iPhone, but with the tapered design it should be much easier to press them. They are also observantly different from the iPad 2 since the buttons are separated, not joined together, which, in my opinion, is a better choice. But two things caught my eye. First, where is the hole for the headphone jack on the “tire case”. If it’s tapered as the iPad is, it should be visible. Second, if the headphone jack is located on the tapered edge of the phone, the jack would be a little more elongated, like the iPad 2’s, instead of being the near perfect black circles shown in the “line up”. Anyways, those are my thoughts. It’s nice that they made an iPad Nano version of the iPhone (if it’s real). Maybe thats what the rumors of the nano phone have been referring to all along.

  • Chris

    I don’t think it’s an iPod touch. Looks like there’s a simcard tray.

  • Raven27

    The iPhone 5 will look great if the design fits these cases. As for Case Mate products, my experience was a bad one. I spent 30 bucks on their “chrome” snap on case for the 3GS, and it reduced my signal by 2 bars.
    Hopefully Magpul makes a case for the next iPhone. Theirs are the best, and fairly priced. Just throwing it out there.