iPhone 6 concept (ConceptsPhone 004)

Many designers who take a crack at envisioning Apple’s rumored five-inch iPhone make a rookie mistake by focusing on the screen instead of the engineering benefits stemming from a larger form factor. As is its wont, Apple has a penchant for advertising each new iPhone as being thinner and lighter than the previous one. The bigger iPhones are thought to be coming because the credulous Wall Street Journal said so last month.

Now, assuming one of the bigger iPhones will in fact incorporate a screen measuring more than five inches diagonally, Jony Ive and his design team could easily make the iPhone 6 thinner just because a larger form factor would allow some more space for internal components.

An interesting video concept by Dutch-based 3D artist Joseph Farahi of OvalPicture, created exclusively for the ConceptsiPhone YouTube channel, gives us some food for though. I’ve included it right after the break so give it a look and meet us in comments afterwards…

Ran Avni passed along this nicely done video.

Some of the envisioned capabilities include the Retina 2 screen with solar charging and YRGB pixels for deeper and richer colors.

I’m especially loving a ten-megapixel camera with 4K video recording and ultra slow-motion video capture at 500 frames per second. He’s also calling for a Mini Aux and Lightning 2 I/O with ten times faster data transfer.

iPhone 6 concept (ConceptsPhone 002)

There’s just one problem with the camera system: I may be wrong, but I’m not sure a quality ten-megapixel camera would fit in a design so thin. That’s why most jumbo-sized Android phones have an ugly camera bulge on the back.

As for the thinness, the current iPhone 5s is already crazy thin at just 7.6mm.

iPhone 6 concept (ConceptsPhone 003)

Shedding a few millimeters to achieve an anorexic look would have to entail shrinking down some ports, including the headphone jack and Lightning I/O.

Can you say Lightning mini?

Something like this wouldn’t be entirely unheard of: in a similar vein, Apple a few years back had to create the Mini DisplayPort, a variant of the regular-sized DisplayPort video interconnect for its ultra-thin MacBook Air.

Did you like this particular iPhone 6 concept?

How thin a five-inch iPhone could get, do you think?

  • iPT MSTR

    sweet. hopefully the iPod design will be just as good

  • John

    After the controversy caused by changing the 30-pin connector to the lightening port, I highly doubt they will shrink it even further…plus didn’t Europe (or somewhere) suggest a standard format for cell phone charges that Apple will need to adopt soon?

    • Apple definitely won’t ditch Lightning and switch to USB as a charging method. They’ll solve this problem by including a Lightning-to-USB adapter with iPhones sold in Europe.

      • @dongiuj

        Is that what Apple said?

      • It’s what they are doing right now in China.

      • Arghs

        Can confirm, living in China and my iPhone box had a usb to lightning adapter inside.

    • Captain Canada

      I think the charger is the least of their issues with this phone, I specifically use a 5s because even my Nexus 4 was too big for one handed ease of use. I want to know how Apple will make a 5 inch phone feel like a 4 inch phone, the swipe back feature in iOS 7 is very useful in achieving this feat. For example, Apple has to figure out where to put the compose message button so we don’t have to reach all the way to the top (a little impossible or very uncomfortable), and what about notification centre? iOS 8 will have to be an operating system that relies on the bottom of the screen for all the important inputs. For web pages or lists they could remove the elastic bounce back and just let there be an over scroll so you can touch anything you want without stretching your hand. Apple has to tell us why 5 inches is not only better than 4 inches (Android phones have already told us this) but also why its just as easy to use.

      • John

        If you believe that the iPhone charger is ‘the least of their issues’ then I suggest you go back 18 months and look at the strong backlash that came from the introduction of the Lightening connection.

        You must also be quite new to the iOS world and while I respect your pro-Google and pro-android opinions, I think you have to look at the history of iOS and realise that while this is possible, it’s unlikely. Having everything at the bottom of the screen is a very Android way of thinking–and it has to be–as you said, they have various screen sizes which need to accommodate that. Apple does not.

        In relations to the iOS, I honestly cannot see them overhauling their UI again in iOS 8.0 for the purpose of moving everything to the bottom. EVERYTHING they have done up to this point shows that having things at the top and bottom just works…but yes, I will agree that IF Apple was to relocate buttons it would be something they would have to perfect before releasing it…and can you imagine the challenge presented to Developers as well having to develop a top and bottom button interface as well as a bottom heavy one. Just seems a little messy, IMHO.

    • Matt Dowdy

      I think my the time that becomes a regulation wireless charging will be the norm so there won’t be an issue

  • Phil Randle

    gorgeous. But I don’t think its should be THAT thin, Everyone looks amazing, the side just looks odd. Slightly thicker and its perfect.

    • Dani Hayes

      I hate taking my Speck case off of my 5s as it feels like I’m going to bend it. If Apple does make the next iPhone smaller I’ll stick with my 5s and 4S as long as I can.

      • JT

        I thought I was the only one with the Speck problem haha.

  • omrishtam

    someone went a bit too far? dont you think?

  • Gabriel

    What do people have against bezels?!

  • Steve

    Isn’t the 5s 7.6mm?
    Guess this guy had not done his homework well.

  • David

    500fps?! Maybe in 10years we can get this technology level..

    • Dani Hayes

      “Are you smoking crack??” Judge Koh.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Let me correct that: in 10 years we can get this technology level, on mobile.

      • David

        Yes of course 😉 500fps + cameras are real in photography, but on mobile it’s too early. With that compact Optic too 😉

  • Jonathan Liu

    Those camera specs are very high. 500fps recording? 4k?

  • STK10

    What rubbish. You could snap that thing in half. also who wants more custom ports? mini aux? oh now you need another adapter just to use good headphones. Keep it as thick as the normal headphone jack and youre set. Dont try to fix what isnt broken. the specs are also stupid. At the end of the day this example is just a flattened and enlarged iphone 5s, hardly something new but as usual people will think its revolutionary.

  • Ariel

    This is cool, but do we realy NEED to go thinner? What advantege does this give? I prefer easy to hold, and the extra space will be used for better optics, battery and other exciting stuff. Thinner is not always better. The current phone is plenty thin enough.

  • Stephen Hagans

    Best looking concept so far.

  • Thiago Vaccaro

    All i want is a decent battery for christ sake!!!

    • Dan

      bigger phone would most likely give you that. the Galaxy Note has en excellent battery

      • Jason Baroni

        But a phone this thin would not allow this. Man, I think iPhone 5/s has the perfect thickness, any thinner could suck on holding… Battery power is my priority

  • Adnan Mosali

    in 2040 this might be possible 😛

  • OQR

    500 fps is highly unrealistic, 240 fps would be more reasonable.

  • Shingo

    Solar Cell Battery this is innovation…. no more finding electric cord…

  • “NOT” Steve Jobs

    Nice TV

  • Jonathan

    Can I has?

  • Taf Khan

    Nice design, personally I think such slim bezels are unrealistic… Hope I’m wrong though.

  • Toon

    this is to thin ! can’t hold it well should have round body like 3GS

  • jack

    My blood boils when I see these concepts. They just keep reducing the thickness without any engineering criteria. Anyone can draw a phone as thin as the lightning connector is….

  • butterfield

    Who cares if it’s that thin when you can’t hold it comfortably with one hand, which was what Jobs always stressed. I hate those big wide phones.

  • Nirvana

    iPod has never seen concepts but the iPod touch’s design (especially the 5th gen) is more remarkable

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Yellow sub pixels… NO

  • Umut Bilgiç

    I really appreciate the work that has gone in to this. The most professional concept out there!

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  • Marly Marl

    I wonder how come we havnt seen any leaked iPhone 6 parts as yet

    • John Tremendol

      We have

  • Jason Baroni

    Boy… this is thinner than the lightning connector! It is because of desire for thinner devices like this that we don’t get a decent battery power.

  • Danny switcher

    I don’t think people will feel comfortable if the iPhone is more thicker than the iPhone 5/5s these devices feels premium on hand, rather I would say upgrading hardware is must

  • ClaudieX X

    Lots of tech errors here:

    1.- iPhone 5s is already 7.6mm not 8.1mm
    2.- He stole the microphone space and put another speaker? So its not a phone anymore?
    3.- The retina 2 is a joke. When the video start zooming into the screen you can see yellow and light blue primary pixels !!! The producers of the video even don’t know how the screen matrix works.
    4.- Actually the 8 MP camera is the same thickness than the body of the iPhone 5s. So 10 MP in a smaller body with lots of lens layers and better image quality is a NO for the time being…

    Personal Note: Please Apple… all the new space you will gain in the bigger iPhone… fill it with the biggest battery you can !! we all need it…

  • Ben Seiler

    I just love my iPhone 5S at the moment. A bigger screen would only make it even better. Let’s hope for a jailbreak for the iPhone 6 lol!!

  • Ben Seiler

    This is definitely a “DREAM” concept though lol. Maybe not until the future. But for now. It’s a dream

  • thebudman

    Can we stop with the whole thinner is better! More battery is better. A larger phone with the same battery life is not appealing. A larger phone with a larger battery is appealing.

    • JomanJi

      Agreed, If the phones were thick as iPhone 3G’s, or phones would last as much as a Nokia 3310…

  • Saria Hajjar

    Holly mother of all cameras. 500 FPS?! What are we recording? bullets?

  • Stefano

    and people are complaining about bent iPhones now LOL

  • @sexyhamthing

    Nah, too thin 😛 need to feel it in your hand :p

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  • Matt

    It’s gorgeous, and I hope the next iPhone won’t be a curved in back like you can see on the htc-one and moto-X. I personally think it makes the phone look hideous. Even though it might be more comfortable in the hand — it doesn’t look as good so I’m all for the flat bottom.

  • bring_it_on

    Artists need to remove themselves from the current iPhone and come out with a design that kind of shows the way..All of the concepts i’ve seen till date use the 5s as a base and expand onto it…Given the rumours of a larger form factor, JI and co would look to start with a clean slate with the 6..Just my 2 cents!

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    It just looks so pure

  • Yes, I want it NOW! In sapphire or “ocean” blue would be nice as well. 🙂

  • I don’t want everything to keep getting thinner and thinner and lighter and lighter. Give me a big ass goddamn battery so I don’t have to charge my phone every few hours.

  • Michael Da Silva

    I feel like it would break in my pocket.

  • Michael Edwards

    Its too thin and no doubt the battery wouldn’t last longer than the current design as a result.

  • Technocrz!

    This is awesome concept and more than welcome.

  • M 

    IMO, iPhone 5 thickness is just enough. At 7.6 mm thick, 112 g of weight, it is perfect to me. Too much thinner phone would be difficult to hold in hand. Yes, I want bigger screen 🙂

  • Rot Kelfer

    Waaaay too thin.

  • Viktor_Zweig

    Better, longer battery life is way more important than thickness of the device.