iPhone 6 concept (ConceptsPhone 004)

Analysts and high-profile outlets like The Wall Street Journal are expecting not one, but two new iPhones this year, each outfitted with a display significantly larger than the current four-inch iPhone 5/5s/5c. The Japanese magazine Mac Fan claimed in a report last October that the iPhone 6 will be the first phablet on the market optimized for one-hand operation.

A month earlier, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo opined that Apple would want to honor its self-imposed “unwavering principle of one hand use”. But how does one make a five-inch iPhablet optimized for one-hand use? By dropping the side bezels, that’s how…

The Korea Herald writes that next big things from both Samsung and Apple will feature a “bezel-free” screen. Apparently, Apple’s next iPhone is “sporting a bezel-less screen that features a fingerprint scanner”.

Removing the side bezels would involve switching to a new panel technology.

Instead of using four layers, a bezel-free screen would use a single-layered panel. Not only would this allow for a thinner device, but also for clearer images and improved energy efficiency, people in the know told the publication.

Activator + Touch ID

The Korea Hearld report also states that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 – which is up for an announcement at the firm’s Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress next month – will be even slimmer than the S4.

The S5 will also adopt bezel-free appearance and support fingerprint scanning.

An industry source said Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S5 would sport a display without a bezel, or the rim surrounding a screen, and allow users to scan their fingerprints at the bottom of the smartphone screen.

The phone will also eliminate the home button hardware featured on the previous Galaxy models, he said.

The Samsung device will feature fingerprint scanning technology on the bottom left and right sides. Scanning fingerprints on the entire screen will be allegedly available “in the latter half of this year” as Samsung needs more time to work out the technological kinks.

So no iris scanning?

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese, teaser 001)

A report this morning from DigiTimes said that Apple’s supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to use its the same eight-inch process to make Touch ID sensors for the next iPhone rather than switch to a more modern twelve-inch fab (as previously reported) as Apple wants to avoid any yield issues with the handset.

Bloomberg wrote last October that the upcoming iPhones have larger displays “with glass that curves downward at the edges”. Contradicting Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal said last month that the new iPhones won’t have curved-screens.

Nokia curved screen Lumia

Should Apple adopt bezel-free design, the edges of the screen could be curved like on the Lumias to allow for easier swiping with less friction.

Apple is also though to tap its new sapphire crystal plant in Mesa, Arizona to build thin 1mm sapphire layers which could be fused to glass cover to allow for a scratch-prone screen that’s virtually unbreakable.

It’s going to be a pretty exciting 2014, don’t you think?

  • Jonathan

    I have high expectation, Apple.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Then prepare to be disappointing. This will be another incremental update.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Yup. And Apple is doomed and Tim Cook is not Steve, and stuff.
        We’re all aware of that.

      • pegger1

        Steve did incremental updates as well. Apple has always done it that way. So why do people assume different every year.

      • Carlos Gomes

        I was being sarcastic – yeah, that’s kinda hard to get through text only.

  • David Gitman

    why do people always try to get rid of the bezel lol

    • To reduce wasted space

      • David Gitman

        glad to know that, why the thumbs down tho?

      • Mohamed Hassabo

        Because the article sort of explained why they would want to remove the bezel.

      • David Gitman

        Sorry but english is not my native language

      • Marcus

        Then you should’ve translated the page to your native language.

      • David Gitman

        google translate cant translate it good enough but hey thanks anyway

      • Marcus

        Lol no problem

      • Mohamed Hassabo

        That’s okay, I understand.

      • David Gitman

        cool

      • KewlDewd

        What wasted space? Do you think the phone is empty inside around the edges?

    • mrgerbik

      Its suuuuuper important!!!!1 Thinness too!!!!! It has to be super thin at all costs! Icon look is also VERY important (I mean c’mon — they’re ICONS ferchrissakes!)… oh and almost forgot the TERRIBLY important IOS transition animations and backgrounds.
      We must all hyper-focus our attention on these things – the future of humankind depends on it!!!!!

    • Chindavon

      Because it looks more sleek and sexy.

      • blastingbigairs

        I hope the concept is very close to the finish product. I love this look!

  • Rudy

    Battery life too Apple ..Please

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      nevurrrrrrr

    • Kurt

      Bezel-less devices are beautiful. iPhone 6, looking to be a great phone

  • Sean Clark

    I think Apple wants to make a scratch-proof screen. We have already mastered production of the scratch-prone screen. 😉

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      How bout Fingerprint proof? Thats what I want. My Iphone 5 looks like a 3 year old device because of all the fingerprints.

      • Frank Lopez

        do you have the black one?

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Yeah. But that doesnt matter. Screen is black on all of them.

      • blastingbigairs

        Clean it??

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        I do….but once you put your fingers on it again, it shows up. Cant clean it every 2 seconds….

      • blastingbigairs

        Haha I hear ya, but until we find some space age lotion that takes the natural oils off of our hands, we are stuck wiping our phones all days long. Oh well 🙂

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        yeah oh well lol

  • Vivek Raja

    Its at the point where all the concept are going to be the actual design of the phone

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      I would GLADLY take that! lol those concepts are beautiful!

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    I think that bezel-free displays are horrible and I also think that Apple would never adopt this idea… and about glass that curves downwards on the sides, thats a horrible idea too and Apple would also never do that…

    • Frank Lopez

      Yup! if at all i expect the next iphone to add yet another row of icons and maybe be a slight wider.

      • Yaclexx

        How many icons do you want ?
        🙂

  • Frank Lopez

    In otehr news all the rumors tha twe hear yearly have been said for the last 7 years and the iphone still looks like it did back in 2007 with a few minor cosmetic changes.

    If youi are expecting for any of the hideous renderings to be true – you are clearly brand new to apple.

    Youll learn to be fully dissapointed by apple year in and year out when they dont release what they should.

    • felixtaf

      Very true.. Been hearing about bigger screen iPhones since 2010. Nothing happened so far.
      But, this year… We can hope for a change! 70% chance s there…

      • Frank Lopez

        .5″ lcd increment in 7 years?

        Apples biggest problem is setting the bar and staying there instead of pushing it.

      • felixtaf

        I strongly feel that they took a chance with first iPhone. But dint want to jump and take another chance on bigger screen phones. (Still prototypes will be in testing and development years before the final product)
        Now seeing the success of so called phablets, Apple pushing it rather than taking a risk!

      • Sean Clark

        I’m calling it: the rumored 12 inch iPad is really the iPhone 6.

        Someone blog about me. I’m an analyst.

    • pegger1

      If you’re disappointed by Apple, it’s only because of your delusional expectations. They’ve always done minor upgrades every year. But the rumor mill hypes them up so much, that unless they release a time travelling device, people like you will be upset.

      But yet they still manage to sell devices in record numbers.

  • Come on Apple. You can do it! 🙂

  • Armando Ruiz

    LEAVE THE BEZEL ALONE! in my best Chris Crocker voice.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Lol thanks for the laugh, dont ever believe any exorbitant rumor when it comes to apple, especially their hardware upgrades. Bezel free lol. Look at their camera stayed 8mp for 3yrs. Screen size same for 4 yrs.

    • Jason Baroni

      Their camera is the best out there, much better than the ones with so many MPs hahaha and I thought that they had the screen updated on the iPhone 5, so it remais this size since 2012, wich are not 4 years ago 🙂

      • n0ahcruz3

        Lol ever heard of Nokia pureview? 2007-2012 iphone2g to 4S same 3.5″ screen?

      • Jason Baroni

        You can go up to 32GB with it. I am sure you won’t save so many pictures taken with a 41MP camera on your phone

      • n0ahcruz3

        Thats not the point. You said 5s camera is the best which is not true.

      • Jason Baroni

        Camera quality is not about MPs hahaha haven’t you learned that?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Try visiting gsmarena 3 way smartphone camera show down its NOkia1020 vs 5s vs SGS4 vs G2 vs One guess which one came out as winner and best overall picture quality?

      • Kurt

        Look up one comment at my comment about 4K video. I seen a video on YouTube done with this and it was impressive. I’ll be doing the same filming my art with my Note 3 as it has 4K also.

      • Kurt

        Nokia’s phones are great for video. You can put the camera on a stand and film in 4K. You don’t move the camera at all. Just film for a little bit. Then you can go on your computer, zoom in to 1080p, and pan around in a super smooth fashion. This is one really amazing use of 4K video.

      • felixtaf

        Ever realized that Nokia pureview in 808 and 1020 doesnt justify the 41MP’s they have.
        According to your logic, 1020 shud best iPhone 5s’ photo by 5 times. But thats not the fact in reality.

    • felixtaf

      I ask you to read this.
      gsmarena DOT com/six_way_camera_shootout-review-998 DOT php

      Replace DOT with “.”.
      Btw iPhone doesnt win the race. Still read it!

      • n0ahcruz3

        I read that one, and there is one website where they compared smartphones with dslr and slrs and Nokia 1020 is the only smartphone that ever comes close to slr/dslr quality. I forgot the website tho

    • pegger1

      How many megapixels do you need? Megapixels have been irrelevant for years. Megapixels today have very little to do with the quality of a picture.

    • Kurt

      Other phones have been bezel free for 2 years. Look at the top post. I posted a picture. It really is beautiful. Hope they do it.

  • Jason Baroni

    Apple take risks after studying things for a long time. The iPad mini is great to hold on and it has a larg display compared to the others. Same as the iPhone 5, Apple did great on growing the screen a bit tending it to a better handling. I trust them.

  • Abdl

    Not only would this allow for a thinner device, but also for clearer images and improved energy efficienc

    • Prasoon Singh

      It’s a rumor. Calm down.

  • KewlDewd

    The bezel keeps other parts of your hand from accidentally touching the screen. How has that not been mentioned? Also, how does having glass that curves toward the edges reduce friction? That makes no sense.

  • chris125

    Not gonna happen. Apple is never first to do something, they will wait and let others do it then “perfect it”

    • pegger1

      This has got to be the most clueless comment I have ever seen.

      • chris125

        Really? 3G, LTE, larger screen, fingerprint scanner, the list goes on. What has apple done first when it came to the iPhone? You can be an I sheep all you want, you can’t deny the history…

      • pegger1

        “Apple is never first to do something” – direct quote from you. How about the iPhone? How about the iPod?
        So who’s denying history?
        I could care less about Apple or any other company. I buy the device that suits me at the time.
        You really think a larger screen is some kind of accomplishment? That’s sad.

      • chris125

        Where did I say anything about a larger screen? Don’t get your panties in a bunch. And if you could read you would see I said they never do anything first with the iPhone… Comprehension is key…

      • pegger1

        Read your first comment, nowhere does it say iPhone, it says Apple.
        Read your second comment and tell me it doesn’t say “larger screen” in there.

        You’re very right comprehension is key. Start with comprehending what you wrote.

      • chris125

        Yes they were last to make a slightly larger screen, along with the other things I talked about.

  • Ted Forbes

    Please no more sharp edges, no more slippery housing. No more hollow, empty cheep feeling in the home button.

    • Kurt

      And back should be glass again. Metal is the worst. Have to worry about scratches, dents, chips, bending iphones. Glass is best~

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    Technology 🙂

  • @dongiuj

    Nice. Got to be that grey one in the third picture. That design is long overdue, saw it 2…….3 years ago…..can’t remember.

  • michaelrw

    well i think the release of the i6 (relative to the i5s) will be likened to the release of the i4 (relative to the i3gs), thus starting a new “phenotypic generation”
    … assuming it looks anything like we’re expecting

  • Nathaniel Lewis

    well, still wouldn’t help me much. Got shorter fingers and larger palms. Can barely reach the top left corner of my 5s comfortably.

  • Andres

    “Bezel-free” yup that’s been the rumor for 3 years

  • Kurt

    Very true. iPhone has a great camera. But not better than Nokia’s. One feature I like most is their Image stabilization. I remember for the iphone 4S unavailing Apple shot a video of a hot air balloon with the 4S talking about its image stabilization. And boy it was smooth! but of course the video was shot with a camera crane. No one noticed that the camera rose 10-25 feet in the air and panning at the same time.

  • Colin Pye

    Scratch-prone or scratch-proof screen that is virtually unbreakable?