iPhone 6 mockups (gold, gray, silver)

Are you worried, based on the mockups that have been floating around, at the possibility of Apple’s next iPhone disappointing fans with cheap design?

If you have any doubts as to Apple’s build quality, then you don’t know Apple.

The crude, rapidly produced 3D-printed mockups that have been made of low quality materials do not reliably represent the final iPhone 6 design and build quality.

Those ugly, thick white-striped lines on the back, you say? Not part of the final external design, according to a new report by the Japanese business paper Nikkei. The story also notes that the iPhone 6 won’t have the antenna breaks and claims the screen will have rounded edges to lay it flush with the device’s round corners…

Nikkei [Google translate], via GforGames, writes that the thick white stripes seen on mockups are simply placeholders, presumably for the highly polished glass plates at the top and the bottom of the device’s back.

iPhone 6 vs iphone 5 (comparison 001)

At any rate, this indicates that the iPhone 6 will refine the existing two-tone design of the iPhone 5/5s. The Nikkei story goes on to mention that the Apple logo on the iPhone 6’s backplate will be cut out in the metal rather than being engraved like on the current lineup.

The report goes as far as to state with a high degree of certainty that the handset will incorporate curved screen edges to perfectly merge with the aluminum shell, creating a seamless transition from one material to another.

Nokia curved screen Lumia

The effect would be similar to certain high-end Nokia Lumia device with curved screen edges and represent a departure from the current iPhone 5/5s design which uses a 45-degree diamond cut edge to separate the screen from the chassis.

As you’ll recall, Bloomberg last November said Apple’s next iPhone would include a curved screen thought to lay flush with the round corners.

The fairly reliable Japanese blog Macotakara provided additional specifics, writing that  the iPhone 6′s display is slightly curved to accommodate the handset’s rounded edges.

We also know from former Apple designer Christopher Stringer’s deposition during the first Apple v. Samsung monster trial that Apple did prototype curved-glass iPhones in the past. However, the firm apparently killed the project after finding that production would be prohibitively expensive.

Curved glass iPhone prototype (image 001)

Wrapping up, if Nikkei is anything to go by then the next iPhone will feature a seamless design without antenna breaks or visible stripes on the back and with the Retina display featuring rounded edges that seamlessly transition into the handset’s round corners.

Thoughts?

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    OH my god that’s such huge news!

    • Antzboogie

      Gosh*

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        No thanks ‘god’ is good;)

      • Antzboogie

        What I meant was I always say gosh instead of God so I don’t use his name in vain like that. God is good for sure always.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Hahah alright if you insist! God is good indeed:P

    • Capirexz

      I’m Happy!

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Me too! I didn’t find it very ugly though, it’s just better without them!

  • unkown man

    cheap quality is not apple’s game. apple always build premium quality products thats why people love apple

  • peterbreis

    So what’s this season’s new Apple hemline?

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Anyone else think that the gold model is the ugliest?

    • Josh

      Agreed

    • Mini Apple Genius

      Nope.

    • Maxim∑

      Same thing was said about the Gold 5S.. And the two tone iPhone 5..

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        No one said the gold 5S was ugly. Thing sold out really quick like hot biscuits. The 6 gold is just plain and simple. Looks very tacky and would defiantly need a design review.

      • Maxim∑

        Its a mockup for the dimensions of cases. The antennas arent even aligned correctly. Im sure some details are missing from the models. This is Jony Ive

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        I have a gold iPhone 5s and I think it’s beautiful, but I think there’s maybe too much gold on the iPhone 6 (maybe it’s the physical design). It just looks unpleasant to me. It’s a personal preference, I guess. I’d rather get the silver or black one. Now those are sexy!

    • Antzboogie

      Disagree I love the gold.

    • Sohail Wahab

      The most ugliest, imagine Macs & iPads on that gold model

    • eminem10

      can’t believe they have a gold model before a black model

  • jamster440

    they are all so ugly, a case is in dire need if you get this phone

    • Anthony Nguyen

      This is not the official design.

      • jamster440

        It is a very good source as the last 3 models of iPhones pre release were almost exactly the same upon release. even without the lines curved design is awful.

  • eXoguti093

    You guys really thought those would be there.-. of course this won’t be the exact design and everyone decides to judge because of some mockups

  • El Matador

    As Apple fans we should have know that was not going to be the final product.

    • Peter Z

      Actually it was lol. Just back then nobody believed apple would really do this.

  • Brandon Miranda

    I can’t wait.

  • Sohail Wahab

    OMG! I just love it

  • James Gunaca

    Bring on the updated mockups and additional posts with pics of said mockups.

  • Johnny

    I’m excited for the iPhone 6. How long did it take to get cases for the iPhone 5s when it first came out?

  • DogeCoin

    Don’t worry about the lack of antenna break, people will still find something to bitch about.

  • Walt French

    “As you’ll recall, Bloomberg last November said Apple’s next iPhone would include a curved screen thought to lay flush with the round corners.”

    Well, not actually. But why would we pay more attention to an older rumor, when it’s less likely that Apple would have worked out the little details and/or discovered problems with the design?

    I’ll be thrilled to see an iPhone6 with the dimensions implied by these photos. But I’m not gonna hold my breath.

  • Conanap

    is it just me or does the headphone jack seems smaller?

    • mlee19841

      yea it does.

      • Conanap

        lets hope this isn’t right then; i’m not out to buy more stupid apple adapters or their specified beats or something to use my phone

  • Let’s hope this is right…