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iPhone 6 Concept Delivers Stunning Display In a Small Package



A beautiful looking iPhone 6 concept delivers a radically new design with an edge-to edge display that fits a stronger, larger screen into a design that is the same overall size as the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 6 is at least a year away according to most estimates, which leaves plenty of time for Apple to deliver a mind-blowing new design and set of features after the iPhone 5S this fall.

If Apple wants to get a head start they should take a look at this impressive iPhone 6 concept that combines an Aluminum and Carbon Fiber frame with a graphene coating to deliver a lightweight but strong iPhone 6 that looks like something Apple could put its logo on.

We already expect the iPhone 5S this fall with a similar look to the iPhone 5, but a few new features. We may also see the iPhone 5C, a plastic cheaper iPhone in a variety of colors. We don’t expect to see the iPhone 6 release until 2014, which leaves plenty of time for Apple to deliver something impressively new.

Read: iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5S: What Buyers Need to Know for Fall

A stunning iPhone 6 concept.

A stunning iPhone 6 concept.

If this iPhone 6 concept design from Johnny Plaid is any indication of what Apple can do and where they can go with the iPhone 6, we should be in for a treat. This sharp-looking iPhone 6 concept includes design details that use real materials and includes details on how iOS 8 could look and work on the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 Display

A new 4.5-inch Retina+ display on the iPhone 6 concept.

A new 4.5-inch Retina+ display on the iPhone 6 concept.

The highlight of this iPhone 6 concept is the 4.5-inch Retina+ display that offers a larger screen without adding to the overall size of the iPhone. The image above shows an iPhone 6 with a 4.5-inch edge-to-edge display, half an inch larger than the iPhone 5, and closer to the screens on the Moto X, Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3.

This isn’t just a larger display, but also a higher resolution one as well. The iPhone’s Retina Display looks good, but many would argue it is falling behind the 720P and 1080P displays on most flagship phones. In late 2012 talk of an iPhone with a Retina+ display appeared alongside reports of an iPhone 6 prototype with a 4.8-inch display. This iPhone 6 is a work of fiction, but a larger, higher resolution display isn’t out of the question for Apple. In true to Apple fashion this Retina 2 display is 1296 x 754 with 333 pixels per inch.

Graphene delivers a stronger iPhone 6 display.

Graphene delivers a stronger iPhone 6 display in this concept. .

Another interesting feature is the use of graphene as a protective cover for the edge-to-edge display. Graphene is an incredibly strong material that could play a pivotal role in the design of future iPhones and smartphones. In the iPhone 6 concept above the material acts as a protective layer to keep the display from breaking, but it can also deliver faster charging and better battery life with the technology in a battery.

The iPhone 6 concept puts a major emphasis on the display.

The iPhone 6 concept puts a major emphasis on the display.

The edge-to-edge display would pair with accidental gesture recognition in iOS 8 to prevent accidental touches from activating the iPhone. The edges would use touch sensors to figure out how the phone is held and prevent un-intended touches.

iPhone 6 Design

Plaid’s iPhone 6 concept is as thick as the iPhone 5, but is nearly 50% lighter thanks to a new design that users aluminum and carbon fiber. It’s not clear how this would translate into a final design made of the materials, but Plaid’s concept is 40% lighter and 60% stronger. This type of design, combined with graphene could help cut down on broken iPhones and solve that pesky iPhone 5 scratch problem that won’t likely go away with the iPhone 5S.

Concept iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 size comparison.

Concept iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 size comparison.

The iPhone 6 concept weighs 67.2 grams, a major reduction over the iPhone 5’s 112 gram weight. This concept measures in at about the same as the iPhone 5 even with the larger screen. In the past year we’ve seen companies increase display size without adding to the overall size of the phone thanks to smaller bezels, which could help Apple eventually jump to a larger display.

An iPhone 6 concept in your hand.

An iPhone 6 concept in your hand.

The image above shows what an iPhone 6 with an edge-to edge display could look like in your hand. This concept includes a new home button that supports multi-touch and gestures. The capacitive home button would work similar to the iPhone home button found on the iPhone 5, but would add more touch zones and controls.

While Apple doesn’t take changing connectors lightly, Plaid’s concept envisions a MagSafe Lightning connector that connects with a snap, so there’s even less fumbling for a cord at night.

It's not likely Apple would change a connector this soon, but there would be benefits to a magsafe adapter.

It’s not likely Apple would change a connector this soon, but there would be benefits to a MagSafe adapter.

Like other iPhone 6 concepts, this one is waterproof, capable of sustaining 30 minutes in two feet of water. As the competition adds water-resistant features, Apple may take it on itself to add this feature sooner rather than later.

Read: iPhone 6 Concept That Will Blow Your Mind

The rest of this iPhone 6 concept includes specs that are a reach, including a 20MP camera and dual quad-core Apple A7 processors with 4GB of RAM. This concept includes a 128GB iPhone option for $499, which would likely interest some users, but it’s not clear Apple will deliver a larger storage capacity iPhone.



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  2. Larry

    08/05/2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is fake!!! Apple won’t let u know till a week before a launch looks impressive but I think it’s photoshop pictured??

    • Paul

      08/05/2013 at 7:06 pm

      Of course it’s a fake. It says so in the title of the article. “CONCEPT” it means it’s someone’s idea. It’s someone’s concept of what the iPhone 6 would look like.

    • Zak

      09/11/2013 at 2:41 am

      Of course dumbass. Its a “fan” made iPhone 6 CONCEPT! IE THIS PERSONS IDEA OF THE IPHONE 6

  3. Paul

    08/05/2013 at 7:02 pm

    Of course it’s a fake. It says so in the title of the article. “CONCEPT” it means it’s someone’s idea. It’s someone’s conception of what the iPhone 6 would look like.

    • Larry

      08/06/2013 at 9:24 am

      Thank you Paul but it looks nice that’s all i will give it. After all the years apple should be past this!! All the $$ and tech they have, it’s a shame, if Steve jobs was here I think he may would have done this with the curren ip 5?? They did make its bigger but Tim cook I think was scared and did not want to go all the way?? Steve would have to keep apple ahead! But we will see in a few months????and I hope they do!!

      • Brenna Marie

        08/13/2013 at 6:39 am

        I couldn’t agree with you more Larry!!! I’m just so frustrated with Apple right now – the iPhone 6 concepts should
        be presented (as the 5S) this Sept NOT deep into 2014. They’re behind the eightball big time! Disappointed & at a loss of what move to make until 6 is available … Losing faith.

  4. xgman

    08/06/2013 at 10:10 am

    What if, what should, but more likely not . . .

  5. Austin

    08/06/2013 at 11:30 am

    retina display falling behind? lol. who wrote this crap. iphone has the nicest screen, and they won’t make the phone larger like many are saying because thats not what iphone users want, They also wont put the screens this far to the side because people hold the phone there and would constatly be touching the screen.

    • chadleychad

      11/08/2013 at 3:03 am

      The iPhone screen is nice yes, but as soon as you stop being a biggot to Apple (and brainwashed by the whole Apple phenomenon) and hold a Galaxy S4 side by side, and put the S4 in your pocket and see its not such a burden as everyone purports, then things change.

      This is exactly what I did and despite the fact i own and love several ipads and imacs, I’m now kicking myself for not changing to Android years ago. The OS is a JOY to use … I haven’t put my S4 down for weeks, tweaking, moving things around discovering new features (such as the ability to stream video and images straight from my phone to any smart tv, no Apple TV required!) … It has really made me realise how limited the iPhone is, both in operating system and spec.

      You say what iPhone users want but since when have Apple EVER listened to what users want. Don’t you think iPhone users would be dancing in the streets if Apple gave then SD expansion capabilities so they’d save a fortune on memory, wireless charging because it is a great feature (IMO) … and if apple were to bring out a 4.5″ or 5″ model, are you telling me it wouldn’t sell or people wouldn’t behold it as the greatest thing ever developed in the history of mobile telecommunications! Come on Austin, get your head out the clouds … Apple tell people what they want, need and don’t need, with Android, users can now buy a handset that does suit their needs.

      I suggest you go into your local phone store and just for a minute, forget Apple and look at what the competition are offering. Look at the Note 3 and what it can do, move to the S4, the S4 mini, the HTC One, spend some time playing with the features … Then go back to your iPhone and see how small it looks, how there is nothing you can do to change the appearance of your phone thee than move folders … No widgets, no multiple home screens, no beautiful 5″ screen to view your photos on.

      Give it a go this weekend …. Or be brave like me, buy a second hand S3 for under £180, have a play around, no like, sell, like … Upgrade to the S4 and never look back!

  6. Larry

    08/06/2013 at 1:56 pm

    The ezperia z has 1900 by 1100 pixel reselution iPhone 5 only 1100 by 640 iPhone lags on screen Austin and most phones the last 2 years have 1900 by 1100 res, same as galaxy s3 and s4 and 13 mp cam iPhone lags 8 mp.. Ya apples laggen there dude read specs on most newer devices with in the last 2 years and they had passed apple already, wow a 4 inch ip 5 screen that was 5 years ago seen on phones!! So apple is behind there dude!! And now some had water resistant my Sony experia z does and I video underwater gee apple you sweat it dies!! The galaxy active is water res also and probably more too

    • Sam

      08/20/2013 at 6:12 am

      Theres a reason why iphone 5 only has 1100 by 640 its because u cant tell the difference if it gets any higher. Hence the name “retina display” and theres a lot more to a camera on a phone then mp

      • chadleychad

        11/08/2013 at 3:11 am

        It’s a fantastic 4″ screen. Trouble is, the S4 (and other such phones) have fantastic 5″ screens!

        The problem is, iPhone users, believing the hype of retina, never look at competitor phones. If they did, they would suddenly see how screens such as the S5 are not only bigger and much more enjoyable to use, they’d also realise the quality is in fact the same or far superior. Not as good a screen as Apple …. sorry, that’s not been the case for some time now!

  7. larry

    08/08/2013 at 6:55 pm

    if you look close it looks like a cardboard cut out lol

  8. Brittany

    08/10/2013 at 12:23 pm

    It looks very nice, but like someone else might have said, it is a concept. I will be going down the android route for now, but when my plan expires in 2015 who knows? I may be willing to try something new.

  9. bruce

    08/16/2013 at 8:17 am

    I doubt this concept ever becomes real. Having a phone without a Bessel would cause you to constantly hit the screen when a just holding the phone in your hands. If there is any technology I’m unaware of that would prevent this please inform me.

    • Nigel

      09/24/2013 at 3:08 am

      It could still have the edge to edge for viewing purposes but not necessarily having touch active areas on the side to negate accidentally touching it, simples!

    • Graham

      10/06/2013 at 1:54 pm

      The iPad Mini has a very thin bezel and Apple addressed the accidental touch issue by adding multitouch awareness to its OS. Your finger or hand can be accidentally touching the edge of the screen while you hold the device, and the screen will still respond appropriately to input from your other hand while ignoring touches to the side of the screen. This concept phone could in theory take advantage of the same multitouch logic while still enabling the user to control the device with purposeful touches to the sides (e.g. tapping the sides to change the volume).

  10. Peter Smith

    10/10/2013 at 8:39 am

    This concept is really far fetched too. There is no way that apple could make graphene screens for all of their products. It’s easier to make diamond screens than graphene ones.

    • Nigel

      10/10/2013 at 8:55 am

      You can get graphene paint though, it is right next to the tartan paint and buckets’ of benzene rings

  11. chadleychad

    11/08/2013 at 2:42 am

    Despite all their money and all those brains, Apple lost its desire to be innovative and a leader in the field a LONG time ago! I think these designs also highlight the hot air surrounding Jonny Ive, because let’s face it, it’s not as if his designs have been anything better than many of the design concepts I’ve seen on the web, including this beauty. Look at his latest IOS attempt … Says it all really! This is a beautiful design; and as such, I have confidence it’ll never see the light of day. I think Johnny Plaid needs to knock on Samsungs door – they have the desire, perhaps all they need is a westerner to say ‘hey, this is what we westerners want’

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