iphone concept

In a world where iPhone concepts typically feature radical case designs and edge-to-edge displays, Sam Beckett’s new ‘iPhone Air’ concept stands out. It’s not flashy, it’s not paper-thin, it’s just an honest attempt to visualize what Apple’s next smartphone could look like.

The handset bears an obvious resemblance to previous iPhones, but the classic design still looks great stretched out across the larger body. In line with recent rumors, Beckett has given his concept a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080, and a beefy ppi of 468…

But despite the increase in screen size, this iPhone is only 8% larger than the 5s. This was made possible by thinner bezels, and becket says you could even go further and slim down the top and bottom of the phone frame two. The device is also slimmer, at just 7mm thick.

Here’s the video via The Verge forums:

And a few more details about the concept:

“The use of sapphire crystal as opposed to Corning Gorilla Glass has been widely rumoured in the past 6 months. The benefits of using Sapphire Crystal come mainly in the form of added strength/durability and added scratch/fracture resistance. It is not currently known whether the costs of producing the new display could be comparable to existing materials but it’s been reported that Apple has been investing heavily in the production of this material, therefore it is not unreasonable to suggest it may be for use in the next generation iPhone.

Other features

I believe the camera sensor will be updated, perhaps to a 10-megapixel sensor and an increased aperture of f/1.8. Other features expected are a faster and more efficient A8 chip.”

Overall, Beckett says he tried to be as realistic as possible, and I think he did a pretty good job. What do you think?

  • Zeus

    This looks fantastic.

  • Prathik Nair

    looks nice, only thing that I do not like is the back of the phone.

    • Giel Konink

      it looks very bad

    • Domodo

      Apple already moved away from full glass back panels on the iPhone 5.

      However, they did redesign the iPad Air to resemble the iPad mini and the iPod touch line. So would it be illogical to assume they’ll extend that design language to the iPhone lineup as well?

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Rite with ya on the iPad-esque design.

      • Domodo

        I just love how current iPads look, with those shiny chamfered edges, deep colors, great feel in the hand……. mmmh

      • Josh

        That would be a great idea..

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Nice, but I liked the 2 tone design of the 5/5s back more.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I like the design of my 5s but the entire thing is a dust magnet…

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Agreed. The separating lines between the aluminium and plastic at the back have a nasty way of attracting non-removable dirt.

  • Nirvana

    The camera should have been a bit smaller. Overall, looks great!

  • Adnan Mosali

    I usually don’t like concepts .. but this is realistic in a way , the back looks a bit like iPhone4/4s .. but that was also OK with me 🙂

  • Pato_

    that 4.7 screen looks amazing!!!!

  • Frank Lopez

    finally somebody goes for a realistic approach and not the ugly half ass attempts by others specially that last holographic iPhone concept that was pure garbage.

    I hope the next iPhone does increase the screen size.

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    they won’t make glass backplate again imo

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Meh, not very attractive imo. I liked the last iPad-esque concept. Just looked as if it would b very comfortable in hand.

  • Domodo

    First they redesigned the iPod touch lineup to feature chamfered edges and a new flat back. Then came the iPad mini with similar (almost the same) design choice.
    So it is only logical to assume that the iPhone lineup is the next to feature similar design…

  • Eni

    looks amazing and something more real that other concepts, i dont like the back thought.

  • Domodo

    First they redesigned the iPod touch lineup to feature chamfered edges and a new flat back. Then came the iPad mini with similar (almost the same) design choice, and then the iPad Air.

    So it is only logical to assume that the iPhone lineup is the next to feature similar design… I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • redsymphony

    looks really nice

  • Ben

    yes but the reason glass or plasic has been used on the back of every ipohne so far. It’s to help the celular radio travel thiugh the phone, which it cant though an all metal body. It would look pretty cool though

  • idevicetimes

    What’s the music he’s using in the video? It’s pretty nice.

  • Steven Popick

    Wow, if this true, I can stop using my Motorola V3r as a work phone and use iPhone as my work phone! Then my hangout phone will still be my Droid Maxx. 🙂

  • Jay Burgandy

    If Apple choose this one, i rather go back to 4s… what sort of boring glass back of the phone is that?

  • fasih

    Still iOS7 ??

  • This concept is very UGLY…

  • on3simpleclick

    ..is everyone here blind or something?
    this ‘concept’ looks exactly like every other Apple phone..

    • Andrew Roth

      Which is why it’s realistic.

  • Noah Mospan

    Im just hoping for something bigger than 4.7″

  • iThinkergoiMac

    I really like the concept! However, for something as detailed as that concept is, I find it amusing that they forgot the antennae…