Chatter about a radical redesign for the next-gen iPhone has been rife for aeons. As it stands, though, there’s been nothing in the legion of supply-chain leaks to confirm it might actually happen.
But the incessant talk that it will transpire has had one very discernible effect. And that’s to inspire the internet army of design doyennes to push their visions for the handset to ever more interesting and far-out places.
Exhibit A is this amazing set of renders from self-taught graphic designer and a 3D design enthusiast Anthony Damm. Extrapolating from rumors that Apple’s next handset will feature a larger screen, Tony has equipped the handset he's dubbed the 'iPhone 5S' with a five-inch retina display, making way for that extra screen real estate by dispensing with the home button.
Intriguingly, he’s also taken cues from rumors that Apple will ditch the glass construction of the iPhone 4S for more robust and malleable Liquidmetal, with the result that his take on the iPhone 5 is a more smooth and rounded bit of kit.
Echoing that slinkiness is the buttons on the side, which sport a curvy swirl around them – a cool adornment, we think. Even though something so decorative is likely to bring minimalist maven Jonothan Ive out in hives.
And completing the concept are dual stereo speakers and a repositioned front camera, which is now housed in the centre of the rounded ear piece rather than flush to its left. That means it ought to align better and means you won’t have to hold your phone quite so much at an angle when you’re using FaceTime.
So what do you think? Is this the iPhone you’ve been waiting for? Let me know in the comments section below.