Working off rumors, St. Paul company mocked up iPhone 5 accessory

J.W. Hulme, the St. Paul maker of fine leather goods, wanted to make a case for the new iPhone 5, but notoriously secretive Apple doesn't release info before its much-anticipated product unveilings. So staffers scoured the Internet for rumors to create prototypes of a new case by the time Apple actually announced the product on Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reports.
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J.W. Hulme, the St. Paul maker of fine leather goods, wanted to make a case for the new iPhone 5, but notoriously secretive Apple doesn't release product specs before its much-anticipated unveilings.

So staffers scoured the Internet for rumors to create prototypes of a new case by the time Apple actually announced the product on Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reports.

Apple unveiled some of its own accessories, which could be a blessing and a curse, HuffingtonPost reported.

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