iPhone 6 Concept Good Enough for Apple

This iPhone 6 concept from France is an absolutely beautiful representation of what many are probably hoping the real iPhone 6 from Apple actually looks like.

In the past year, we’ve seen a ton of iPhone 6 concepts. In fact, we showed one earlier this week featuring a curved display, something that is extremely attractive but is unlikely to appear on the real iPhone 6. Today, we’re sharing another Apple iPhone 6 concept that is more real than it is fantasy.

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This concept, from Frenchsoft, showcases an extremely thin and realistic “iPhone 6” that comes with a design that we think is fit for the real iPhone 6 that is rumored for 2014. Like many other iPhone 6 concepts, the designers have been inspired by Apple’s new iPad Air design and have dubbed this device an iPhone 6 “Air.”

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The device checks in with a 6mm design, thinner than the iPhone 5s, a larger 4.5-inch display that is edge-to-edge with ultra thin bezels, again like the iPad Air, a camera in the upper corner, and their version of iOS 8. Their version of iOS 8 features tweaked icons that look a bit different than the ones found in the current version of iOS, iOS 7.

Simply put, it’s one of the better looking iPhone 6 concepts that we’ve seen. And while it may not look exactly like the iPhone 6, it’s possible that we’ll see Apple lend out some of its “Air” design characteristics to the next iPhone.

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It also features Apple’s TouchID fingerprint reader that the company embedded into the home button with the iPhone 5s. TouchID offers users added security but more importantly, convenience.

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iPhone 6 rumors themselves are extremely scarce though the rumors that have leaked have virtually all pointed to a larger display in the vicinity of 4.5-inches and 5-inches. iPhone 6 rumors also point to launch dates spanning across 2014. Both summer and fall, which have both been utilized by Apple in the past, are reportedly possible launch windows for Apple’s new smartphone. May has also been rumored as a possible launch month though not for an iPhone 6 but for an iPhone phablet, larger than 5-inches.

The rest of the device’s specifications remain uncertain and likely will remain that way up until the device’s launch later on this year.

4 Comments

  1. Simelane

    01/09/2014 at 2:28 pm

    I really like this iPhone 6 concept… but unfortunately it is never going to happen… not from Apple, or any other handset manufacturer, for that matter.

    The reason is because Frenchsoft, like many other concept developers, have never spent hours, weeks and months in a usability lab watching ordinary people use a smartphone – put it into their pocket, pull it out of a purse, dial a number while holding a burger in the other hand, and so on and so forth. When you have logged months of time in usability labs, you get to understand why all handsets have the bezel on either side (to be fair, in the beginning it was because it was hard to make the LCD go from edge to end and still fit the electronics neatly within the bounds of the case underneath… but that has long been overcome with better machining tolerances and tighter electronics).

    Anyway, what we see in usability testing is that most users inadvertently trigger touch screen elements that are at the extreme edges of the screen when their finger wrap around the sides of the edge to edge screen while holding it… no matter how carefully they try to avoid it.

    I really like the edge to edge design of the HTC One, but even that handset does not have an edge to edge screen… the glass goes edge to edge, but the screen itself, under the class, remains some way away from the edge itself – for the reasons I have given above.

    So… it very nice, but near impossible to use without holding the handset with you finger tips rather than the palm of your hand.

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  2. Madeline Schwarzerose

    01/09/2014 at 2:56 pm

    I would love to see a 4.5″ screen on iphone 6, I am not too sure about 5.0″ though… what I loved in my iphone 4 was that was easy to type on and very easy and simple to use, until the network stoped working and I got fed up and bought an android. It is always lagging and the updates are like hell… if apple makes a phone with 4.5″ I will definitely buy it as September my contract ends :)

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  3. sam

    01/09/2014 at 3:54 pm

    simelane, your reasoning is lame, are you telling me they couldn’t come up with software changes in the OS to deal with inadvertent touches? that would be crazy easy so I think it is hardware limitation related.

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  4. David Goliath

    02/05/2014 at 4:10 pm

    Brilliant! The only iPhone 6 concept I’ve seen that truly mimics the current designs of the iPad Air and iPad Mini without retaining aspects of the poorly designed iPhone 5 and 5S. The 5 and 5S are great technological achievements, but lack in durability and aesthetics!

    Simelane, I get what you’re saying about usability, but wouldn’t it be easy for Apple to remove touch capability at the edges of the screen? They would only have to exclude touch capability for around 1-2 mm around the edge, which I don’t believe would interfere with the touch experience.

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