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It’s still too early for case makers to receive design specifications for Apple’s upcoming bigger iPhones, but that’s not stopping them from commissioning cases, molds and mockups based on the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors.

One particular report seems to have captured the case makers’ attention: according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next iPhone will have a relocated power button, moving from the top of the device to the upper right side.

Kuo is regarded as one of the most accurate analysts out there so it’s no surprise that Chinese vendors are already showing off their cases with cutouts in the right places…

Reflecting the rumored design changes, a bunch of iPhone 6 cases and physical device mockups have popped up at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. The images top of post and below, shared by the Japanese blog Macotakara [Google translate] bet on the relocated power button.

The mockup below envisions a larger-screened iPhone.

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I’m still puzzled as to why the rumors point to a regular LED flash on the next iPhone instead of a pill-shaped True Tone flash like on the iPhone 5s.

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More cases from the show in a video below.

French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google translate] spotted the following iPhone 6 silicone case.

It clearly shows a hole for the repositioned Power/Sleep button along the upper right side of the device, along with pill-shaped volume controls like on the iPhone 5c and the fifth-generation iPod touch. The mute switch is across from the volume up button, right where it’s been on all prior iPhones thus far.

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The next iPhone is said to be thinner than the iPhone 5s, measuring about 7 millimeters in depth, so a slimmer profile may have prompted Apple’s engineers to abandon the round volume buttons.

The repositioned power button makes sense given that the upcoming iPhones should be 4.7 and 5.5-inches. Moving the button to the side would allow users to quickly wake up their device from sleep using only one hand.

I’m also loving the slightly rounded edges that indicate a tapered handset design.

The case comes from a Chinese manufacturer who has not been proven to be trustworthy, according to NowhereElse which didn’t provide case dimensions.

The publication’s source claims the iPhone 6 could land on store shelves as early as June 11. Most rumors point to a Fall release, so we’ll just have to wait a little until Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 2 as the firm could have some exciting iPhone news to share.

By the way, I’d take these images with a grain of salt: case makers are often working from rumors and have previously been wrong about upcoming iPhones.

Thoughts?

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    First samsung commercial after release. “The power button is on the side” *mind blown*

    – hence the headphone jack reference from i5 haha

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Lol

      • Jeffrey

        it already has-_-

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah alright:P

    • As-if it hasn’t been there since the GS2…

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        No I referring to them joking on iFans in their commercial a couple years ago when apple moved the headphone jack to the bottom. I know samsungs are.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    June?? So they’re calling for apple reverting to i4 and earlier devices being announced at WWDC? Hmm

    • Jeffrey

      i really hope so, WWDC is one of my favorite weeks of the year hahah, next to the week of the iphone release date:P

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        Yeah. Maybe if it’s true that they’re pushing the 5.5 back they’re going to do a 4.7 WWDC release and then a 5.5 / iWatch September release. That would be cool.

      • Jeffrey

        yeah, i doubt it though, iwatch and 4.7 in september, 5.5 in november/december

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  • Markus Hudobnik

    Honestly, I hope the power button goes to the side. One-handed and trying to lock the phone would become a difficult task.

    • Eni

      thats why we have jailbreak an activator 🙂

      • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

        You shouldn’t have to jailbreak your phone for ease of use. Jailbreak is good, but shouldn’t be necessary.

      • Eni

        for me it is, just my personal opinion

    • Kevin Callens

      NEVER! Apple needs to stay unique and keep it on the top.

  • Dan

    would make sense, always hated having the power button on top. I also don’t like having the ear phone plug on the bottom…

    • Nicolas Cage

      Buy a shamesung then bro..

      • Dan

        Thanks for the advice Nicolas Cage. I did have a Samsung phone for about a year, got tired of android and came back to IOS.

        By the way, you should fire your agent, you last few movies really sucked.

      • @dongiuj

        And so do his comments.

      • blastingbigairs

        His first and last good movies were Valley Girl, and his little cameo in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. HAHA!!

    • blastingbigairs

      +1, I liked the headphone jack on top as well. I’ve gotten used to it being the bottom though, so either way I’m just happy with the 4.7″ love!

  • felixtaf

    These moke-ups are more like fake-ups. One case has single LED hole and another has no opening for LED at all. I remeber seeing similar case moke-ups before iPhone 4S release.
    Still power button on the side is a welcome feature for a big phone. Does that mean, we may see another speaker grill on top? Although no leaks abt that so far!

  • fernando

    i dont like at all the pill shaped controls for volume, they look good in ipad but not as good as round in iphone

  • Donovan

    Hmm, seems like the tables turned. Now apple ignores Jobs’ views and go copy samsung’s design. If these latest rumors are true I’ll leave Apple for a Note3, it’s laggy but still..

    Edit: I just realized I started a war with fanboys. If you are a fanboy, don’t even bother to comment. Other people are welcome to comment 🙂

    • blastingbigairs

      Copy????? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      • Donovan

        Did you NOT read my edit?

  • FFF84

    I don’t like the power button on the side. every time I try to power up my girl friend nexus 4, I end up turning the volume up or down.

    • Butch Danes

      Cool story, bro.

  • blastingbigairs

    Makes sense to me if it’s going to bigger. As long as it has IOS and a bigger screen, my wallet is open as usual.

  • Antzboogie

    I do not like the home button on the side I’m always pressing it by mistake.