updated 11:04 am EDT, Fri April 11, 2014
Leaks emerging from Apple suppliers?
A new photo shows what are alleged to be two of the first third-party cases produced for the iPhone 6. While there are no earlier iPhones or accessories in the image for comparison, the cases are said to fit 4.7- and 5.5/5.7-inch devices. One unusual aspect of their design is the presence of an extra cutout on one side, and what appears to be a relocated power button cutout on top. It's unclear what the additional cutout might be for.
The cases do appear to be generally consistent with recent leaks. The number of leaks that have begun to emerge in recent times may suggest that Apple is already providing final specifications to its suppliers and manufacturers, which are in turn seeing workers sell that information to Asian casemakers; those companies regularly start producing cases for Apple products before they ship. The leaks are most likely emerging from people at Foxconn, Apple's main iPhone assembly partner, which is one of the few companies that would have access to full product dimensions, if not the only one.