This iPhone concept may be the most realistic yet

 

We see concepts of future gadgets every day, some of which are exciting, while others are just ridiculous. It's a breath of fresh air to see one that is realistic so this 'iPhone Air' concept is pretty exciting.

The design by Sam Beckett rests upon the same principles that Apple's existing devices use, such as flat metal sides that act as the antennae with chamfered metal edges. The concept also boasts sapphire glass, an enhancement which seems likely given Apple's recent investment in the manufacture of the material.

However the 1920x1080 resolution that Beckett gives is unlikely to be included on a real device, as Apple traditionally do their best to maintain aspect ratios in their device upgrades; they are more likely to double the iPhone 5s' resolution, as they did with the iPads with Retina Displays.

An imaginary 10-megapixel camera makes an appearance as well as the existing Touch ID sensor. This comes within a device which, if ever made real, would be 9% thinner than the current generation.

Of course, this continues to be a fantasy, but one that may surprise us with its accuracy when Apple inevitably update their flagship phone later this year. Whether or not it will be called 'iPhone Air', I doubt it, but it's possible.

Source: Sam Beckett

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How is that a concept phone? its exactly the same as the ones used today... the only thing which is far fetched is 1920x1080 display, apple seems to think 1152x640 is all ya need so highly doubt theyll be upping the resolution seeing as they keep on putting down higher resolutions and stuff

Funny how they keep advertising it thinner, but everyone I know uses iPhone with huge case to protect it ... lol ...

No it's not very different but the specs indicate the iteration you would expect from Apple, thinner, bigger, better screen etc. it's a believable upgrade. Adding 'Air' makes since considering the MacBook and the iPad leaving room for a new non Air model.

I'm confused by the brand loyalty that goes into creating concept future generations of specific existing products.

A new *smartphone* concept would be so much less constraining for a designer and more interesting to read about.

It's just like how boring it is to see 'concepts' of new versions of Windows, Gnome, or whatever. It's so dull. In the past people seemed so much more motivated to imagine new things from scratch. Now we just want to touch-up and go.

Joshie said,
I'm confused by the brand loyalty that goes into creating concept future generations of specific existing products.

Some of us understand.

Very cool video. A lot of work must have gone into that. I'll bet it's pretty close to the device we'll see. A larger display would be a welcome addition as would sapphire glass.

Take the last iPhone that was released copy and past it into photoshop press CTRL + T to transform.. Then just make it a little wider or longer.. Bet thats what it will look like almost the same.

Is this a problem? Look at the design of a Porsche 911 - it's tweaked and improved with each iteration but the general look is the same.

NathanLiu said,
Is this a problem? Look at the design of a Porsche 911 - it's tweaked and improved with each iteration but the general look is the same.

yeah the general idea image stays, just like it does with iPhones... yet they do change their look.

this "concept" only removes the bezel from the sides! and it looks like it brings Glass back on the back panel... as well as the unrealistic resolution!
(just because everyone loves 1080p, does not mean it is workable/ usable for iOS)

There is no innovation in this "concept" here at all. It looks like old concept device Apple did, when they worked on iPhone 5. This does not look probable as any concept for a future iPhone!

This video show that the maker of the video is good at making a model video
He is very tame though, and added nothing new that we can expect from Apple.

Seriously, do you expect Apple to use the iPhone 4/4s look with wider screen again for an iPhone 6? No way.

Edited by panacea, Mar 10 2014, 10:41pm :

panacea said,

yeah the general idea image stays, just like it does with iPhones... yet they do change their look.

this "concept" only removes the bezel from the sides! and it looks like it brings Glass back on the back panel... as well as the unrealistic resolution!
(just because everyone loves 1080p, does not mean it is workable/ usable for iOS)

There is no innovation in this "concept" here at all. It looks like old concept device Apple did, when they worked on iPhone 5. This does not look probable as any concept for a future iPhone!

This video show that the maker of the video is good at making a model video
He is very tame though, and added nothing new that we can expect from Apple.

Seriously, do you expect Apple to use the iPhone 4/4s look with wider screen again for an iPhone 6? No way.

"Seriously, do you expect Apple to use the iPhone 4/4s look with wider screen again for an iPhone 6?"

Actually...YES! After all, Apple's products haven't changed much since 2007. Just faster, lightly slimmer, same old way it worked before.

Apple didn't design the iPhone, Sony did. Once they got to the way they liked it, they have basically stuck with it.

It was ok at first. But after watching what others have done, that si what is making the iPhone design tiring.

Example, look at LG. Sure their phone are mimicking the Galaxy Note a bit, but it looks good. Doesn't look like older LG phone. Look at Moto. Even their products that carry the same name loike "RAZR" don't look all the same.

The iPhone looks the same from the front, no matter which model it is. From a distance of more than 36", they all look exactly alike. At least Samsung makes the S and Note look different enough.

The other guy made a point about BMW making changes but keeping the overall family look, so it looks like a BMW. Apple is doing the same. But with BMW it makes sense, which smartphones it does not. The point is to make yourself look like you are actually moving forward. Apple looks the same.

You can make significant changes and still keep the overall familiar look.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,

Apple didn't design the iPhone, Sony did. Once they got to the way they liked it, they have basically stuck with it.

I see that you keep making the claim that Sony designed the iPhone, and you seem to be the only one making said claim. I guess you're trying to re-write history, but Sony did not design the iPhone. An article from a Sony designer discussing the iPod's influence on Sony circulated around at Apple, so they had one of their (Apple) designers do a series of phone mock ups influenced by Sony's design language. The resulting mock ups did not look like any phone that Sony actually offered.

http://www.pcworld.com/article...n_court_documents_show.html

Seketh said,
The concept is very well done, but the design... It just feels old...

I haven't seen an iPhone outside its case in a long time... but from what I remember, they already pretty much look like that.

What is new about this concept? It just looks like shiny marketing material for their current products...

rfirth said,

I haven't seen an iPhone outside its case in a long time... but from what I remember, they already pretty much look like that.

What is new about this concept? It just looks like shiny marketing material for their current products...

The only thing new about it is it's "realistic" lol, meaning it looks almost identical to the current generation. Which defeats the point of designing a concept in the first place in my opinion.

Uplift said,
A very well done concept and can't fault the design..

The iPhone has not have a radical design since its creation. It's just the same thing over and over... When they do a 6 inch phone, better camera and strong battery life call me.

macoman said,

The iPhone has not have a radical design since its creation. It's just the same thing over and over... When they do a 6 inch phone, better camera and strong battery life call me.

What? The iPhone 4 was nothing like the iPhone 3GS. And what exactly do you expect from Apple, them introducing a round iPhone just for the sake of being "radical"?

.Neo said,

What? The iPhone 4 was nothing like the iPhone 3GS.

what I am trying to say is that it's just feel the same, yes the material is different... Overall the iPhone 4 is not the same than the 3gs. But my point is that there is nothing really amazing, it feels the same to me... The design in each iPhone has become bored.

macoman said,

The iPhone has not have a radical design since its creation. It's just the same thing over and over... When they do a 6 inch phone, better camera and strong battery life call me.

BMW's look mostly the same year after year, they have a signature look so you know it's a BMW. They have a signature look, it's been perfected.

derekaw said,

BMW's look mostly the same year after year, they have a signature look so you know it's a BMW. They have a signature look, it's been perfected.


you can't compare a car to a phone, different type of use with different kind of feeling.

macoman said,
Overall the iPhone 4 is not the same than the 3gs. But my point is that there is nothing really amazing, it feels the same to me...

I don't understand how you can say that unless you've never touched the two. They feel *radically* different in person. And again with the iPhone 5 compared to the 4. In each case the materials (plastic, stainless steel/glass, aluminium) and methods of manufacturing that have been used have changed a great deal, resulting in pretty impressive weight improvements without negatively impacting, indeed even heightening the feeling of solidity and high quality.

CJEric said,

I don't understand how you can say that unless you've never touched the two. They feel *radically* different in person. And again with the iPhone 5 compared to the 4. In each case the materials (plastic, stainless steel/glass, aluminium) and methods of manufacturing that have been used have changed a great deal, resulting in pretty impressive weight improvements without negatively impacting, indeed even heightening the feeling of solidity and high quality.

That's the Kool-Aid effect that Apple do to control their users. You can't find anything bigger than the 4.5 inch iPhone 5s. But yet, the iPhone is the best thing ever... According to the isheeps.

macoman said,

That's the Kool-Aid effect that Apple do to control their users. You can't find anything bigger than the 4.5 inch iPhone 5s. But yet, the iPhone is the best thing ever... According to the isheeps.

bigger isn't better by any measure....cool kids don't want huge phones

Co_Co said,

bigger isn't better by any measure....cool kids don't want huge phones

only reason apple does not want bigger phones is because it will take away from their iPad market.. if apple had a 6 inch phone who would ever of bought an iPad mini?

They keep the products in separate categories so there is no overlap and therefore more sales..

macoman said,

That's the Kool-Aid effect that Apple do to control their users. You can't find anything bigger than the 4.5 inch iPhone 5s. But yet, the iPhone is the best thing ever... According to the isheeps.

That's because not everyone needs a huge phone. Maybe you have the luxury of sitting around watching movies on your phone or something where a "phablet" might make sense, but not everyone has time for that...

dead.cell said,

That's because not everyone needs a huge phone. Maybe you have the luxury of sitting around watching movies on your phone or something where a "phablet" might make sense, but not everyone has time for that...

Coming from someone who spent 2 years with both the nexus 4 and now the 5. I would LOVE a phone I can use with one hand. I have average size hands and no matter what the excuse is no one can use a 4.3"+ phone with one hand unless they have huge hands.

I'm contemplating going back to "normal" for me again. I only see phones becoming tablets and its redic. Also people want SO MUCH PRIVACY but they buy phones as redic as the galaxy note and complain that you can see them texting, sexting, snap chatting, face booking, wasting their life away from a mile away. How's that for privacy?

derekaw said,

BMW's look mostly the same year after year, they have a signature look so you know it's a BMW. They have a signature look, it's been perfected.

What man? BMW's have different models that have different sizes and body styles. They accommodate to everyone, not say hey here's the series 3 I've perfected the look so everyone in the world loves it. Apple should keep on releasing the iPhone nobody's saying they shouldn't. It's proved to be a reliable phone, but they gotta come out with more options so a guy like me who is using a Galaxy Note right now can say "hey I want to get an iPhone now". It's like congrats apple you've got 50% now how the hell are u gonna get the other 50 who prefer different sizes and features. By competing with others not competing with yourself. Apple can not be compared to BMW. Body kit style vs iPhone style maybe but nothing else.

macoman said,

you can't compare a car to a phone, different type of use with different kind of feeling.

You can compare, from an industrial design standpoint. Apple is aiming at having iconic designs that are immediately recognizable, from their computers to their tablets. So far they have succeeded.

macoman said,

you can't compare a car to a phone, different type of use with different kind of feeling.

Both feel and look high end, both are well designed and well built, both are built with high quality materials, both push the boundaries, both are things people aspire to have. I think the comparison is very fair.

suprNOVA said,

What man? BMW's have different models that have different sizes and body styles. They accommodate to everyone, not say hey here's the series 3 I've perfected the look so everyone in the world loves it. Apple should keep on releasing the iPhone nobody's saying they shouldn't. It's proved to be a reliable phone, but they gotta come out with more options so a guy like me who is using a Galaxy Note right now can say "hey I want to get an iPhone now". It's like congrats apple you've got 50% now how the hell are u gonna get the other 50 who prefer different sizes and features. By competing with others not competing with yourself. Apple can not be compared to BMW. Body kit style vs iPhone style maybe but nothing else.

Im saying you can look at a BMW and you know its a BMW. You can look at the latest models of iPhones and you know they are iPhones.

Sikh said,

Coming from someone who spent 2 years with both the nexus 4 and now the 5. I would LOVE a phone I can use with one hand. I have average size hands and no matter what the excuse is no one can use a 4.3"+ phone with one hand unless they have huge hands.

I'm contemplating going back to "normal" for me again. I only see phones becoming tablets and its redic. Also people want SO MUCH PRIVACY but they buy phones as redic as the galaxy note and complain that you can see them texting, sexting, snap chatting, face booking, wasting their life away from a mile away. How's that for privacy?


There's no privacy anyway as long as you're doing any of those things. The size of the device you're doing it on is completely irrelevent.

macoman said,

what I am trying to say is that it's just feel the same, yes the material is different... Overall the iPhone 4 is not the same than the 3gs. But my point is that there is nothing really amazing, it feels the same to me... The design in each iPhone has become bored.

Most Lumias look and feel largely the same, which also applies to the Galaxy S. Not sure what you expect from a single company.

macoman said,

what I am trying to say is that it's just feel the same, yes the material is different... Overall the iPhone 4 is not the same than the 3gs. But my point is that there is nothing really amazing, it feels the same to me... The design in each iPhone has become bored.

People like it. They know what their customers like, why would they change that?

Nashy said,

People like it. They know what their customers like, why would they change that?

Why change anything then? What was the point of even designing the original iPhone if people liked pre-iPhone-era phones before anyway?

Sikh said,

Coming from someone who spent 2 years with both the nexus 4 and now the 5. I would LOVE a phone I can use with one hand. I have average size hands and no matter what the excuse is no one can use a 4.3"+ phone with one hand unless they have huge hands.

I'm contemplating going back to "normal" for me again. I only see phones becoming tablets and its redic. Also people want SO MUCH PRIVACY but they buy phones as redic as the galaxy note and complain that you can see them texting, sexting, snap chatting, face booking, wasting their life away from a mile away. How's that for privacy?

So are you lying about having the nexus 4 and 5 or do you have small hands? Both me and pretty much everyone else with a Galaxy S3/4 seems to get by using it with one hand just fine and they have 4.7 and 4.9 inch screens respectively. It is marginally less comfortable to use one handed but to say that you have to use two hands is just a lie unless you have tiny hands.

How is it a lie if its not comfortable to use the phone with 1 hand? I do have the nexus 5 currently and using it with one hand does not provide the comfort and ease that 2 does. Also I know many people with smaller and bigger hands then mine that use the S4 and bitch about the lack of one handed use.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
No it isn't

I'm sorry. When you disregard someone's opinion and chalk it up to some logical fallicy about iSheep, and throwing a bit out about mind control and kool-aid, it is bullcrap.

M4x1mus said,
So are you lying about having the nexus 4 and 5 or do you have small hands? Both me and pretty much everyone else with a Galaxy S3/4 seems to get by using it with one hand just fine and they have 4.7 and 4.9 inch screens respectively. It is marginally less comfortable to use one handed but to say that you have to use two hands is just a lie unless you have tiny hands.

Bit extreme there to go out calling someone a liar. Not sure what has you so bent out of shape man but people have different opinions. That's why we have phones of varying sizes...

Sheesh.

dead.cell said,

Bit extreme there to go out calling someone a liar. Not sure what has you so bent out of shape man but people have different opinions. That's why we have phones of varying sizes...

Sheesh.

Not really... If someone goes around saying that its not possible to use any 4.3"+ phone with one hand like its a fact then they can expect to be called a liar.

Sikh said,

I have average size hands and no matter what the excuse is no one can use a 4.3"+ phone with one hand unless they have huge hands.

I have average to small hands and have no difficulty using 5" phones so what he said would be a lie. Maybe if he had said "I have difficulty using a phone bigger than 4.3" with one hand" then that would have been an opinion.

M4x1mus said,
Not really... If someone goes around saying that its not possible to use any 4.3"+ phone with one hand like its a fact then they can expect to be called a liar.

Personal preference does not make you a liar.

dead.cell said,

Personal preference does not make you a liar.

If you act like your personal preference is fact then you are a liar.

M4x1mus said,

If you act like your personal preference is fact then you are a liar.

But your personal preference is a fact for yourself. If the guys says for a fact he has small hands and he cant use a 5" phone 0ne handed, then its a fact for him. But he speaks for no one but him.

The fact is lots of people with small hands can use it, so we know it can be done. But if he cant, then the fact is he has a problem.

Thank you for explaining common sense to him. But I know people with small hands that don't like using their S3's or S4's at all. Im talking about being able to hold the phone comfortable and reach all edges of the screen without stretching or being uncomfortable. Its easy for me to use an iPhone or ASUS PadFone etc. If thats a "problem" i have then fine lmao

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
But your personal preference is a fact for yourself. If the guys says for a fact he has small hands and he cant use a 5" phone 0ne handed, then its a fact for him. But he speaks for no one but him.

The fact is lots of people with small hands can use it, so we know it can be done. But if he cant, then the fact is he has a problem.

You just didn't read his comment did you... Sure... he was only speaking for himself... lol

Sikh said,
no matter what the excuse is no one can use a 4.3"+ phone with one hand unless they have huge hands.

dead.cell said,
He was speaking out of frustration. Obviously, it's possible for someone with small hands to use a giant phone.

See hyperbole.

You're clutching at straws now. You have no idea if it was hyperbole or not so I'm going by what I read rather than your interpretation of it which is based entirely on assumption.

See conjecture.

lmao, whatever dude. Clutching at straws? You're the nitpicky one.

Are you going to argue with the wife too if she says, "How do they expect anyone to get into a jar of pickles?!" if she can't get it open? Same thing man. Chill out dude, it's just a message board.

dead.cell said,
lmao, whatever dude. Clutching at straws? You're the nitpicky one.

Are you going to argue with the wife too if she says, "How do they expect anyone to get into a jar of pickles?!" if she can't get it open? Same thing man. Chill out dude, it's just a message board. <img src="/forum/style_emoticons/default/laugh.png" alt="" />

lol, I'm perfectly chill, just happy to debate. You see how you just had to restate your argument that I showed to be invalid above and brought nothing new to the table... Thats called losing a debate. I'm done now, I cba to respond to you anymore.