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iPhone Air concept shows what an iPad-like iPhone 6 design would look like

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A slick looking iPhone Air concept design from a third-party designer shows what the iPhone 6 would look like if Apple applied its iPad designs to the iPhone.

Taking design hints from both the iPad Air and iPad mini 2, the new iPhone Air concept shows a slimline handset with a softly curved brushed metal rear, much like that found on Apple’s latest tablet offerings.

Shown using a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, as seen on the recent iPhone 5S, the iPhone Air concept adds a pair of base mounted speakers alongside Apple’s current Lightning port connector, a 3.5mm audio jack and the iOS 7 operating system.

Although the iPhone Air concept, designed by artist Federico Ciccarese, is in no way related to Apple’s own engineering plans, it offers a teasing insight into how the iPhone 6 would look if the Cupertino-based company extends its current design principles to the iPhone 6. A vision we totally approve of.

While the iPhone Air concept has a 4-inch screen identical to that of the current iPhone 5C, recent iPhone 6 rumours suggest that Apple’s next flagship phone could see it make a jump to a larger screen size in order to compete with the leading Android offerings, such as the Google Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2.

According to recent reports, Apple is experimenting with an iPhone 6 design that has a 5-inch Retina display and a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution equating to 440 pixels-per inch. Further iPhone 6 rumours have pointed to an increased 128GB storage capacity alongside the usual speed and camera improvements we see every year.

Of course, all of this is conjecture at this stage, but one thing is certain: the iPhone 6 will be a completely new design, so we expect to see a few more 'concepts' and possible leaks in the months ahead.

Do you approve of an iPad inspired iPhone 6? Let us know in the comments.

Next, read all the latest on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5

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November 5, 2013, 2:11 pm

Link bait. Saying it has been "released" and "hints at possible iPhone 6 design" suggests some sort of official Apple connection, whereas this is just some random unaffiliated designer's doodling. "reports out of Japan" also are no more than unsubstantiated rumour. Why does TR insist on parroting every speculation about future Apple products? It really doesn't do your credibility any favours.


November 5, 2013, 6:10 pm

I don't agree that there's no merit in this kind of thing. It's not 'hard news' but it is interesting, if only because the guy has done a really decent job and it's a springboard for people to discuss what they'd actually want from a next-gen iPhone.

With that said, I agree that there were issues with some of this story around wording and clarity that we have now rectified. We have changed the headline, made the opening clearer as to the providence of the concept and generally tightened a couple points up to make them clearer.

Thanks for your feedback.


Andy Vandervell
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Prem Desai

November 5, 2013, 6:57 pm

The next iPhone will probably have no screen and be called the iPhone Shuffle.

We'll probably be charged more for it too.

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