iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 001)

We’ve run a few iPhone 6 concepts here on iDownloadBlog, but none has captured our attention like the newest work by Italy’s established 3D artist Federico Ciccarese who took a crack at envisioning what a large-screened iPhone could look like. Like most mockups, this is one concept that Apple most likely will never make, probably.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean a guy can’t dream, no? With that in mind, do take a look at Federico’s latest batch of iPhone 6 mockups and then chime in with your thoughts down in the comments…

He writes on his blog that the larger canvas would allow for the Home screen icons to be reorganized so, for instance, a 5.5-inch device would add a sixth icon to the Dock.

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 002)

I’ve always loved the tapered back of the iPhone 3GS and it would make sense to give a larger device a tapered back for a better grip in your hand and an overall thinner appearance.

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 003)

The 4.7-inch device would have a resolution of 750-by-1,338 pixels and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone would max out at 878-by-1,568 pixels. By comparison, the current iPhone 5/5s/5c have a 640-by-1,138 screen.

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 004)

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 005)

Note the sexy edge-to-edge design.

A design with virtually no side bezels would make possible an iPhablet with a five-inch screen that wasn’t jumbo-sized and allowed for one-hand use. I’m not sure whether such 100 percent edge-to-edge screen is feasible, but apparently Apple’s new plant in Messa, Arizona will be building sapphire-hardened front glass for the upcoming iPhones.

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 006)

The next iPhone’s biggest unknown would have to be its design, not the form factor.

The current Unibody construction where the steel frame doubles as the antenna system has been around for nearly four years now.

The iPhone 4 in 2010 ushered in that design. Of course, it went on through several revisions (the Verizon iPhone 4, the iPhone 4s) needed to address the widely reported antenna non-issue.

Having inherited that design, the iPhone 5 replaced the glass cover on the back with an all-metal two-tone backplate. Still, the fact remains that there’re only minor visible differences between the 2010 iPhone 4 and the 2013 iPhone 5s in terms of the chassis.

So, is Apple going to give as a radical new iPhone look this year or simply rehash the four-year-old design? Only time will tell – and there’s only so much ways one could make an all-glass frame.

Apple in 2010 signed an exclusive agreement with Caltech spinoff Liquidmetal Technologies (later re-newing that agreement) which gave it exclusive worldwide rights to use the advanced alloy for consumer electronics purposes.

I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for a Liquidmetal iPhone for a while now.

Could 2014 be the year Apple goes Liquidmetal?

  • Justin Mahone

    If it really comes true!

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      • Mohamed Hassabo

        Get out.

  • Angelo

    nice

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    If only these mockups could be real…Sighs…

  • Gabriel

    People still insisting in a no-edges iPhone 6…

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      I think you mean “no bezels”. The problem with no bezels is that if someone drops the phone, the screen will take in all the shock, therefore, much easier to crack it.

      • Gabriel

        In portuguese edges = bordas. I thought it was correct :/

      • Nathan Denlinger

        Thus the sapphire crystal glass. When Apple hits a trade-off, they counter with something else to make that impossible…possible. It’s in Apple’s DNA.

      • tocsin

        Saphire crystal is less strong than current gorilla glass for absorbing shock, like when you drop it, its only more scratch resistant.

      • jack

        This. But of course news sites won’t reveal this so they can fuel speculation and create click baits.

      • Kurt

        Pantech Vega Iron lacks bezels. It’s gorgeous! I really hope iPhone 6 will be 5.5″ and have an edge to edge screen like this phone.

  • Virus

    HTC One & iPhone 5s had sex?

    • Liam Mulcahy

      Yep

    • Steve

      Almost one year after its debut, HTC One is still the sexiest phone out there.

    • Fidel castellanos

      Haha!yea u did!man this comment made me laugh 🙂 thank u

  • Armando Ruiz

    Gorgeous concept but there’s something about having a bezel that appeals to me.

    • Hyr3m

      It’s the smaller screen, isn’t it ? 😀

  • jack

    terrible.. when will you realize you must have side bezels

  • Stefano

    Wasn’t the sim ejector tool made of liquid metal

    • Mee

      Yes, but the phone itself wasn’t

      • Stefano

        That little tool was pretty fragile. I put it on my key ring with one key, my VW fob, and maybe four of those little supermarket cards. The tool got distorted pretty quickly

    • yuvraj

      Not the ejector tool, the Sim tray

      • Stefano

        Oh okay. That makes more sense.

  • CaAAAAHrl

    it would look more genuine if it has borders. borderless phone doesnt look proportional to the size of the screen and really just fugly.

  • on3simpleclick

    boring

  • David Gitman

    No. Just NO

  • CAS

    Why the hell everyone wants a bigger screen? It’s a phone not a damm tv.

    • chjapa

      It’s a visual medium. Eventually a small screen full of icons isn’t going to pass as “innovative” any longer. Not to mention the lack of cheap random access memory and something called options (not having to pay ridiculous cloud storage rates or shuttle your media through certain channels to get it on the device). Apple should stick with what its great at, amazing design and build quality, but be flexible enough to change. That or watch their earnings drop even further.

      • CAS

        Tell me how exactly a bigger screen is “innovative” ?

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Bigger screen= more oppurtunities for features such as multiwindow apps. Like s-window in the galaxy series. You can opne up 4 apps and have them run at the same time. You can watch a lecture on youtube and take notes directly underneath, and while you’re doing that you have a schedule opened up detailing your goals and plans for the day. Bigger screen= more immersive gaming, bigger screen= more webpage content loaded without having to swipe up and down, bigger screen= better facetime, bigger screen= larger phone with more space for a bigger battery and more components, or it can just mean a slimmer phone. A big screen is very, very, very innovative.

      • CAS

        Excuse me but that is not “innovative” that is just what a pc/mac can already do, it’s an iphone, not a media center, I can’t see how a bigger screen will make my UX better, I want to be able to use my phone with one hand, if I want to have a real multitasking experience I can use my PC, if I want to see a movie I got a TV, if I want to take notes I can use a notebook or an iPad, just because it can be done it dosen’t mean you should do it.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Are you going to take the tv, PC, ipad everywhere? No you can’t, however your iphone or whatever other smartphone you have will come with you to almost everywhere.

      • CAS

        Agree, I can’t take my tv or pc everywhere I go, but still, I can’t remember a day or situation when I thinked “I wish I could take notes while I see a video” “I wish I could have 4 apps open at the same time”
        Only if you are a really poweruser and try to do everything on your iphone I could understand the need of a bigger screen.

      • bring_it_on

        Its a very niche (geek) market that actually uses that feature..and as such it gets branded around in message boards..A vast majority of the note3 owners (all but a few) do not even use multi window..We are talking about consumer electronics..by’n’large for the mass market “simplicity” still rules and trumps complexity..

      • Barry

        You already can watch videos while doing other stuff on your iPhone with VideoPane.

      • CAS

        I know, in fact is one of my must have tweaks, but it’s not something everybody needs.
        I use videopane to watch youtube videos while I read my timeline.

      • bring_it_on

        A 10 inch screen, with projection technology would allow even more..Anything a 5.7 inch note 3 can do, the 7 inch note 3X can do better..4 apps at once? Hell add 2 inches to the screen and lets do 8 apps at once?? UX changes with screen size, but companies must look at what the majority smart phone users actually use and need..note 3 is still a niche product even for samsung..

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Hell why not? A 10inch tablet with projection technology would be amazing! Watching a movie on your wall, while playing game or something. The note was viewed as niche product, but as continually growing sales showed, it’s not. We now have phablet offerings from everyone but Apple. HTC One Max, Note 3, Xperia Z Ultra, Oppo N1, Pantech, Mega 6.whatever, LG G Pro, Huwaei, Alcatel One touch Idol, and all those chinese copycat devices inspired by the phablet success. Clearly the large-screened market is not a niche market anymore. All I want to say is that a bigger screen allows for more competitive and innovative features. A bigger screen appeals to a broader range of users than a 4inch screen. If the majority of smartphone users own Androids and the rest(not including iphone users) own blackberry and windowsphones. They are guaranteed to own a device at the minimum to have a 4.3 inch screen and the majority of those own a 4.5+ screen. A 4inch screen doesn’t appeal to them. Slap on a 4.5 or larger screen and you pull in a lot of consumers who left Apple for bigger screen options and consumers who want an iphone but don’t want one due to the screen size. You might say that portion is very small, but you’ll be surprised at how many there are waiting from the other sides to just jump into Apple’s ecosystem. Lots of tech videos used to detail one of the biggest strengths of popular android devices to be their large screens which are excellent for media consumption. Couple a large and beautiful screen with an amazing hardware and the solid software of the iPhone and you get a beast of a competitive device.

      • bring_it_on

        The 5.2″+ screen size is still very much a niche product in the smartphone dommain. In the US the top 3 selling smartphones are 4 inch, 5 inch and 4inch…It would be interesting to see the PHABLET market (i would count phabs in the 5.2+ size) and its market share but it would be a niche for sure even given the choice across the board.

        Simplicity still has a value and mass acceptance. I, along with most of my co-workers were given Note 3’s or S4’s by our company primarily because we moved over to T-mobile and needed free wifi calling while traveling international. I don’t know of a single co-worker that uses the multi app window on a regular basis to get things done and we are the demographic to whom the note family should appeal the most. Perhaps its the implementation thing with samsung, but I seriously doubt that people who use smartphones will GEEKIFY and give up the simplicity that access to smart features provides..be it on the nexus or on the iphone. I don’t see the WATCH A VIDEO and TAKE NOTES market to be anything that is going to explode..although i agree with the underlying notion that bigger screens require/call for a UI that better utilizes the added real estate..However I seriously hope that apple does not take the NOTE approach to it..as I do not find the expereince as enriching as i do with the 5s..I want simplicity and easy access to the things i do with my smartphone..I don’t want to play with my phone….in fact I want to spend as much time away from it as possible..I want to access the apps i need/require, type my email, check the web for info i need and be done with it..I believe the vast majority of the smartphone user base actually looks at consumer-electronic technology from that point of view..

      • CAS

        I couldn’t agree more with you 🙂

      • bring_it_on

        According to CIRP( Consumer Intelligence Research )Partner, more customers moved over from samsung over to apple than the other way around. This is the complete opposite of what you are saying.

        Direct quote from CIRP :

        Among buyers who switched brands, Apple took three times as many from Samsung (33%) as Samsung took from Apple (11%)

      • CAS

        Tech people love the idea of a bigger screen, people not interested in tech news don’t really care, they just choose a phone that can run Facebook/Whatsapp/Twitter/Mail/ etc, they don’t really look for apps, that’s why I don’t believe that much people will jump to a big screen iphone

      • bring_it_on

        I think most current iPhone users would love their expereince on a 4.7-5 inch iPhone 6 provided apple does its best to optmize the screen so as to provide the least impact to one handed use and to the overall dimensions of the phone. I enjoy using safari, facebook app on my ipad mini much more than my iphone 5s..and enjoyed it much more when I compare the safari expereince from my wife’s 4s.If apple could up the form factor and still do a good job with the overall simplicity of use then i think those that primarily use their iPhones for browsing/surfing, facebook, whatsapp, and gaming would by’n’large be happier. A bigger form factor would also provide apple with plenty of “internal growth room” leading to better battery life and perhaps more RAM which would be enabled by the added battery size.

      • bring_it_on

        Techies also love the multi window features..our IT team loves it..yet they are not your mainstream demographic, nor do their preferences reflect the vast majority of the market..had it done so, the note1/2/ 3 would have destroyed every other smartphone in existance …

  • Jonathan

    Shut up and take my money.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    htc one

  • Kamal Ahmad

    I dont think Apple would move the iPhones camera to the middle.

    • Josh

      True

  • Mee

    So MANY ways, not so much

  • Mee

    I’d prefer 4.3, MAYBE 4.7, but definitely no higher. And if want the same icon layout as well. Love the back camera, though. Very Nokia-esque

    • Josh

      Me to I don’t want a screen so big it will then cover my whole face lol

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Edge. To. Edge. SWEET

  • Diego Milano

    Probably the ONLY concept I really like. And I emphasize that, the ONLY one.
    Good job there. Proves that you can have big screen phones without being monstrously big like all the phablets going around out there.
    On a side note, the camera is “incorrectly placed”, Apple would not allow that.

  • Dan

    I like it, but I doubt the ‘no-bezel’ will happen.

  • butterfield

    I am a female with not very big hands and I definitely don’t want a wider phone or phablet at ALL.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Only idiots think no bezel is cool.

    • Jonathan

      Other way around, idiot.

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        You know nothing about a iPhone then idiot

      • Jonathan

        I know everything, except how many atoms it’s made of. People love the Samsung phones for their size and shape. If there was a Samsung phone that ran iOS 7, that would be the perfect phone. But because Apple is making a larger phone with hopefully a bezelless design, people will love it, including me. Of course, there’s always that handful that don’t, which includes you unfortunately.

  • Jason Baroni

    Why does it have to look like a mouse?

    • Your Mother

      looks like the Galaxy S5 concept.

      • Jason Baroni

        Looks like a ultra thin mouse. I hate curvs

  • arbnor.j

    im using android devices about 2 years and iphone must change to compete with them , 4 inch come on apple … android was copying iOS ?
    well so did ios 7 with android and wp7-8
    this concept looks good but not enough apple has the power to make things better looking…

  • JS3

    5 months since the 5s and IDB is already putting up “extremely stupid” mock ups of an iphone 6….. lol wow….

  • Jon20

    It definitely looks like a cross between an HTC ONE and a MOTO X. I’m sure they are not going to go that route. I’m thinking it will go more like this:

    • Kash Gummaraju

      that looks like the itouch 5 16gb version

  • LAGISSUEZ

    It’s one thing to make a drawing/concept and it’s another to be able to create that in reality. It’s nice to envision, and I’d bet that Apple has way more design concepts than we’ve ever seen but sometimes the tech is just not there yet to make such futuristic designs.

  • Mustang5Oh

    Looks like he took pics of the HTC One and semi-modified them to make it an Apple product. No thanks.

  • Michael

    Am I the only person totally okay with the current 5/5S screen size?

    • Kash Gummaraju

      yeah

  • @dongiuj

    Apple need to get these people on its payroll.

  • Looks like an HTC One

  • Barack

    Apple should make iPhone 6 with a 4K screen

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      What’s the point? It would only result in everyone blowing their data plans in one hour by streaming 4K video…

      • svartkuken

        … no?

      • Kash Gummaraju

        yeah 1080p already consumes a lot of bandwidth and data. 4k is double that.

  • zeugirdor

    Htc1??

  • Jackie

    how about jack ear phone????

  • hkgsulphate

    tbh, my first time seeing its animation on the internet

  • Timothy Chan

    That look great! I can’t wait the announcement!!!!!!!! TIME PLEASE GO FASTER!

  • “NOT” Steve Jobs

    SUPER UGLY !!!

    • Jonathan

      How would you “NOT” have designed it?

  • Where’s the EarPods jack though? Or will that be done through the Lightning port?

  • Razick Rilshad

    Wow superb

  • ItzEddie

    As much as everyone wants these bigger displays, isn’t Apple sticking with the current size generally because you can do it all with one hand (in terms of the distance your thumb can reach?) Much prefer the current size.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      That’s simply outdated logic. If that was the case, no one would be buying Samsung’s devices. It depends on the overall size of the device.

  • right now i have an iphone 4s that i got in 2012. i don’t get a new phone every year like a fanboy. my contract is up in march. i’m planning to get a gold iphone 5s if the iphone 6 isn’t “amazingly awesome” or anything like that.

  • Shandeep Segar

    it looks like a curved version of Motorola X

  • xavier

    way cool..

  • SPARKS

    MAN!!! Make it a little thicker and give me a damn battery (or “GOOD” battery/case option with a lightning pass through. All I want is 100+ apps installed, MOST notifications turned on, facebook feeds, etc and give me 24 full hours of life without a charge instead of the 4-5 hours I have with my 1+ year old iPhone 5. I don’t use it much and have to charge it constantly. I follow most of the guidelines for better battery life/turning off unnecessary notifications/etc.

    Ideally, they should project out how much MORE battery consumption would be required to do the 24hrs with MANY apps/full push sync on 5 different email accts, etc and then how much MORE battery is consumed on average with each of the last 3 major releases (5,6,7) THEN DOUBLE that figure and then make your battery that size THEN make the back cover…. Even if it adds an 1/8 of an inch of thickness I’d be all over it!!

  • SPARKS

    It is a beautiful design though.

  • SPARKS

    And I’d be curious as well about a different aspect radio – like CinemaScope 2.35:1… I wonder what it would look like. You could have the middle mock up (medium) with a slightly more narrow phone that’s taller – and a better distance between ear and mouth… The mic could actually be tilted a bit toward the face too…

    Oh well, it’ll never happen.

  • E-Fel lony ™

    it will be a larger screen but only 4.5 from tom to bottom so they can keep it one handed. thats what edge to edge gives them more space on a phone screen so they dont have to make the phone bigger