Photos of a proposed case for the next-generation iPhone have surfaced today; photos suggest that the iPhone 5 will have a thinner profile with a tapered design very much similar to the iPad 2.

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The news comes from our friends over at 9to5Mac who have claimed to have gotten ahold of a purported iPhone 5 silicone case. The case’ design falls in line with the iPhone 5 case design schematic we reported on yesterday.

From 9to5Mac:

Yesterday, a purported case mold schematic for the fifth-generation iPhone emerged, pointing to a complete re-design for Apple’s handset. This mold points to a larger display, a larger home button, and a thinner profile for the next iPhone. The original reporting of this schematic also includes a mockup of such an iPhone 5 case. Now, we have been able to secure an actual purported fifth-generation iPhone case from a source, not just a mockup. This source is similar to the source who provided us with impeccably accurate design schematics for the iPad 2. In addition, we can independently confirm, Asian case manufacturers are now shopping case designs to case sellers across the globe for their own branding.

The cases 9to5Mac received indicate a lot of what we’ve been hearing about the iPhone 5 design lately: a larger display and home button, thinner body and a tapered design:

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The source from which 9to5Mac received the case is reportedly “similar” to the source that provided the design schematics for the iPad 2 which turned out to be absolutely correct!

Although it’s hard to tell much about the design from the photos, 9to5Mac has confirmed that the cases point towards a larger screen and feature a tapered design that goes from thick to thin.

If these case designs and their schematics are anything to go by, the next-generation iPhone just might end up looking very similar to an iPhone 3GS, albeit with a curved back. Macotakara has a nice concept image that helps with visualizing the rumored design:

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If we correlate the case’s design with the design from ThisIsMyNext, you will find plenty of striking similarities. Tapered design? Check. Larger home button? Check. Larger screen? Check. Mate.

We’re now seeing multiple strong reports on an iPhone 5 launch in September. Three days ago, BGR wrote wireless carrier AT&T is making preparations for the launch and before this, we talked about a senior executive at Swisscom who stated that the iPhone 5 would launch in, you guessed it, September!

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Yet another iPhone 5 concept (courtesy: Roman Sima)

The iPhone 5 will have a dual-core A5 processor; other anticipated features include a doubling of RAM, a higher megapixel camera, longer battery life and, in line with today’s rumors, a larger edge-to-edge Retina Display.

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