This concept video gives us a good idea why Force Touch iPhones will be a big deal

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

Force Touch parts for Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ phones have recently begun shipping in volume.

We even recently got our glimpse into the implementation of a force sensing layer on a leaked iPhone 6s screen. That being said, some people continue to be puzzled as to what benefits, if any, Force Touch would bring to their iPhone experience.

Maximilian Kiener set out to create a nice mockup video which gives us a good idea how pressing an iPhone’s screen firmly could be a valuable user interface shortcut. Read More


Jony Ive-designed lightsaber would look like this

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

An astonishingly detailed profile of Apple’s design head Jony Ive that was published last week by The New Yorker makes an interesting side note about an upcoming Star Wars movie.

According to the article, director J.J. Abrams said Ive made “very specific” suggestions about lightsaber design for Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

The quote prompted 3D artist Martin Hajek to come up with a batch of renderings showcasing his amusing depiction of a Jony Ive-fied Star Wars lightsaber. Read More


Martin Hajek imagines rumored iPad Pro stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Renowned 3D designer Martin Hajek recently published on his personal blog a batch of nice renderings representing his artistic take on Apple’s rumored creative stylus accessory.

Hajek’s creation “borrows the design language of the iPad Pro” and includes interesting such features as an Apple Watch like digital crown of sorts for additional operations, capacitive +/- slider for adjusting options and a glowing Apple logo. Read More


Eye-candy renderings of one-port MacBook Air with laser-cut Apple logo that shines at the edges

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

Our favorite rendering artist, Martin Hajek, has created a gorgeous batch of renderings based on the mockups and information from 9to5Mac’s scoop regarding Apple’s rumored one-port 12-inch Air.

The images give a closer look at some of the rumored features of the purported notebook that’ve been making rounds, such as distinct iPhone-like finishes in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

I’ve included the gorgeous renderings for your enjoyment right below. Read More


Video mockup gives a feel of iPad Pro size

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Thanks to YouTube user Canoopsy (via, we now have a good sense of the size of Apple’s allegedly upcoming ‘iPad Pro’. The mockup video depicts how a 12.2-inch iPad would stack up against the current-generation current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro in terms of size. The video is included after the break so give it a quick watch and meet us in comments. Read More


This iPhone 6 concept may be the best yet

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2014

With the iPhone 6 expected to get one of its largest redesigns ever, designers have spent the last year creating concepts of what they believe the handset will look like. Some of them would probably be better suited for a science fiction novel, but others have looked fairly plausible.

This latest concept from well-known designer Martin Hajek may be one of the most realistic we’ve ever seen. Based on leaked parts, physical mockups and rumors from multiple tech outlets, Hajek has laid out his vision for the iPhone 6 right down to the circuits on the logic board… Read More


New concept imagines iPhone 6 without ugly antenna lines

By Cody Lee on Jul 3, 2014

I’m sure most of you are as tired of iPhone 6 concepts as I am—between rumors of a redesign and the constant barrage of part leaks, designers have had more to work with than years past—but these new mockups from Thomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino are worth noting.

The images depict Apple’s handset with all of the rumored hardware changes, including the thinner profile, rounded edges and relocated Power button. But there’s one major difference between this design and all of the others we’ve seen thus far: no ugly antenna break linesRead More


These iPhone 6 renders look just about right

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

As news reached us this morning that Apple could launch its next iPhone in mainland China on Thursday, September 25, and given a purported 4.7-inch front panel leaked in a video which suggests the possibility of one-handed use, we now have a better idea of when the device could launch and how it might feel in one’s hand.

There has certainly been no shortage of leaked parts thus far, such as the supposed display covers, backplates, LCD parts, manufacturing molds, etc.

The problem with these leaks based on rumors is their crudeness that don’t do Apple’s industrial design and precision manufacturing a justice. Enter Ukrainian designer Mark Pelin, who has created high-resolution renders that offer arguably the best indication yet of what a finalized design of the iPhone 6 in Space Gray might look like… Read More


Video shows how 5.5″ iPhone 6 would stack up against jumbo-sized Android phones

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

I wish Apple put me out of my misery and released the iPhone 6 already because an influx of videos comparing those questionable dummy units to just about anything is overwhelming me. Just this morning, for example, I pointed you to a video which shows off the supposed minor changes in the next iPad’s design.

Now I’ve decided to highlight another video that I think does a great job explaining how the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would compare to popular 5.5-inch Android handsets such as the LG G3, Oppo Find 7 and One Plus One.

It’s right after the break so give it a quick watch and join us in comments for a healthy discussion… Read More


iPhone 6 manufacturing mockup shows off Space Grey finish

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

Earlier this morning, we showed you new photos of a meticulously designed iPad Air 2 dummy unit with Touch ID incorporated into its Home button.

And now, a fresh batch of purported iPhone 6 manufacturing mockups has surfaced, depicting what a Space Gray variant of Apple’s upcoming bigger and thinner iPhone model could look like.

Credited to sources in Japan and Korea, the images show the purported mockup next to an iPhone 5s and HTC’s One smartphone… Read More


New photos show 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models side by side

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2014

Some new photos of alleged iPhone 6 models surfaced this morning, courtesy of Sonny Dickson. We’ve seen several photos of physical mockups to date, but these by far offer the best representation of what Apple’s next smartphone is expected to look like.

It’s believed that the iPhone 6 will come in two display sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, and today’s images show the two variants sitting side by side. This not only give us a good idea of the handset’s design, but it also indicates how the two models will vary in size… Read More


Beautiful new concept envisions iWatch as a high-end wristwatch

By Cody Lee on May 17, 2014

One of the crazier rumors we’ve heard thus far involving the iWatch comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the accessory may cost as much as ‘several thousand dollars.’ Kuo is well respected in the Apple community, but this particular prediction seemed a bit off.

That is, unless the iWatch ends up looking like this new concept from Curved/labs that surfaced earlier this week. The site envisions the rumored smartwatch looking like a high-end Rolex, with a digital chronograph face, wireless charging, and several other features… Read More


Size comparison: 3D printed 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockup vs iPhone 5s

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2014

Another day, another iPhone 6 dummy. Based on purportedly leaked design drawings published last month, enthusiast Hidenori Satou has used a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer to produce a mockup of Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch handset. The dummy unit is rather crude and as such is used to highlight the size difference between the current four-inch iPhone 5 and the upcoming 5.5-incher… Read More


Design comparison: final iPhone 6 mockup vs iPhone 5s vs fifth-gen iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2014

With everyone and their brother 3D printing iPhone 6 mockups, virtually every single day brings another iPhone 6 “leak” that wants to go viral. There’s just too much stuff proliferating out there so iDownloadBlog usually only covers the material we specifically deem newsworthy.

This would typically entail photos and footage that bring something new to the conversation, be it a never-before-seen angle, an interesting design choice or other curious detail.

Today’s video is no different.

Created by an Italian enthusiast blog, it pits an unusually detailed physical iPhone 6 mockup against the iPhone 5s and the fifth-generation iPod touch, showing the supposed design differences from various angles… Read More


New renders of alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 surface

By Cody Lee on May 11, 2014

New renderings of what is believed to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 surfaced on the web this weekend. We’ve seen similar drawings before, but this time around the renders have reportedly come straight from primary Apple supplier Foxconn.

The device in the images, which measures 138 x 67mm, lines up with previous information. The design is consistent with the schematic published by MacFan last month, which has since been echoed by multiple cases and dummy unitsRead More


Images of alleged white and silver iPhone 6 dummy unit surface

By Cody Lee on May 2, 2014

We’re adding to the stockpile of alleged ‘iPhone 6‘ evidence this morning with a handful of new photos that purportedly show a white and silver dummy unit of the upcoming handset. The device looks very similar to the slate black unit that surfaced online earlier this week.

While the images don’t really offer up much in the way of new details on the smartphone, they do help us continue to paint a picture of what it’s believed to look like. Most everything we’ve seen thus far—from schematic drawings to case leaks—points to a homogenous design… Read More


New photos of alleged iPhone 6 dummy unit show larger, slimmer device

By Cody Lee on Apr 29, 2014

New photos of an alleged ‘iPhone 6‘ dummy unit surfaced this afternoon. The images depict a device that is noticeably larger and thinner than the current iPhone 5s, with rounded corners, and an overall design that matches up with previous information.

There’s no word on where the physical mockups came from, and there’s obviously no way to determine their validity. But our friends over at say that the snapshots were published by a long-time member of a well-known Chinese forum…
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Case maker’s iPhone 6 renderings show thin design, rear antenna cutouts

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2014

A new set of alleged ‘iPhone 6’ renderings surfaced online yesterday. The images come from Ukrainian website UkrainianiPhone, and the device depicted in them matches up with most everything we’ve seen thus far on the handset, including its relocated Sleep/Week button and circular iSight flash.

There is one noticeable difference, though, between this iPhone 6 model and the ones that we’ve seen in the past, and it has to do with the rear shell. Up until now, all of the renderings we’ve seen have shown a solid back cover. But these new shots suggest that Apple is leaving breaks for the antenna… Read More


New iPhone 6 mockups based on leaked case dimensions and other intel

By Cody Lee on Apr 18, 2014

Well-known designer and concept artist Martin Hajek has teamed up with the folks over at to create what could be the most accurate iPhone 6 renderings to date. The mockups show a device that was created based on recent information, including MacFan’s schematic drawing from last month, and this week’s case leak.

For the most part, the renderings match up with everything we’ve seen thus far regarding Apple’s next smartphone. Hajek depicts the iPhone 6 as extremely thin, with rounded corners, and a display that’s noticeably larger than current models. It also features a new Sleep/Wake button, which has been moved to the right side of the handset… Read More


On Apple’s transition to larger-screened iPhones…

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2014

We’ve seen our fair share of the supposedly leaked technical drawings, front panel parts, third-party cases and manufacturing molds concerning Apple’s next iPhone, but what about bigger-screened apps?

A form factor change will probably yield a higher screen resolution so developers will need to optimize apps for 4.7 and 5.5-inch canvases. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone reportedly got delayed over production issues so we’ll sharpen our focus on the 4.7 incher.

Now, current iPhones rock 640-by-1,136 screens, resulting in a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi). Should the next iPhone come outfitted with a larger 4.7-inch screen at the same 326ppi, its resolution is going to increase to about 756-by-1,344 pixels.

Quickly, do the math in your head: that’s 40 percent more pixels for the apps and content you care about. Sweet, no?

I have a few smart mockups and some thoughts to share with you on what apps could look like on a larger-screened iPhone 6 and what Apple can do to weather this transition… Read More

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