October 03, 2011
iPhone 5 or 4s?
Tomorrow is the big announcement on the new iPhone(s). We at Grove have been following the rumors for months. Blogs such as TUAW and MacRumors are great for keeping up on the latest. Unlike the iPhone4 which had the infamous Gizmodo leak (Apple engineer leaves a prototype at a bar), Apple has been able to keep their latest plans relatively leak-free, thus shrouding the latest iPhone release in mystery.
Much of the confusion results from new case designs which have been popping up in China showing a slightly tapered tear drop design. Some case makers feel confident enough about that direction that they have been manufacturing these cases for weeks, believing it to be the "iPhone 5". However, there have been no reliable reports of any of these being made in the supply chain fueling theories that the next iPhone will be an "iPhone 4s" which is identical to the iPhone 4 on the outside but upgraded inside, similar to the iPhone 3/iPhone 3GS.
Most media publications are going back and forth on whether it will be a completely new "iPhone 5" released or just an upgraded iPhone 4. We at Grove are ready for either scenario to develop a new case as soon as possible. By doing all the design/prototyping/production ourselves right here in our workshop in Portland, Oregon, we can be quicker and much more nimble than the big corporations to develop new products. No need to fly to China. ;)