Apple’s iPad inspires new transparent concept

Apple’s iPad inspires new transparent concept
Of course there are a host of technological challenges to contend with before concepts like this become reality, but does anyone really doubt these types of products are in our future?

Digital artist Ricardo Afonso sees the iPad evolving its clean profile into something even cleaner. So clean, it is clear. Such a form factor lends itself to fitting into any occasion or any décor. Afonso did not get too flamboyant with his concept, knowing that it will be some time before we break the barriers of size for micro circuits, processors, and batteries as well as most material’s rather inconvenient insistence on being opaque in nature.

The concept also lends itself to how such products might be styled. There is only so much you can do with a slab of glass, so trim becomes the accent for people to notice. The top and bottom treatments allow for form and function. Add a few different colors and the rest is up to what can be done with the panel and display.

Afonso makes his CGI talent perform a virtual tour (video below) of what could lie ahead for the iPad, or any handheld device for that matter. You will notice that he kept the familiar iOS appearance so that anyone could recognize it for what it is, but we certainly hope that by the time such technology is viable, iOS will have undergone a healthy revision in its user experience, perhaps more than once.

sources: Ricardo Afonso via iClarified



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This have to be the worst concept. probably have a weak battery life.

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

But look at the high quality build materials!!!

31. metalpoet unregistered

now if they do release a product like this and it has legit battery life, then this could be the first apple thing i own lol

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The need for back lighting on a panel like this may be reduced in favor of ambient lighting, so battery life may not suffer as much as you might think.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is possible that with new materials, energy density could be improved such that the battery would fit in the rectangle at the base. Processor, RAM and what-not could fit in the rectangle at the top. IMO, the biggest problem is the display. There is a reason why most smartphones and tablets have a white/light background with text displayed in black - readability. Even the ones that use black background with white text are still readable. Can you imagine how readable the display would be with black text on a dark background? Or, white text on a light background?

29. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

i have always been a samsung fan, but am really disappointed after the build quality of my Note 10.1... samsung has turned just like apple in terms of quality of their products, the keep getting worst! my next tab would definitely be the iPad 5...! also to get a taste of what iOS is all about :)


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

this is never going to see the day of light

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

But will it see the light of day?


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

aha won't see either

5. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

That would f***** rock

6. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

So... for all those that were accusing manufacturers copying Apple... What's this? Is Apple copying or innovation? You could stay quiet if you're going to say copy, if you say innovation then you're a hypocrite despite whatever reason you have. Anyways, I think this concept doesn't look too shabby (just the looks)... but the other fully transparent phone concept couple days ago was more impressive. Samsung's flexible transparent screen was more impressive too.

9. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Or you could say some random assh*le not affiliated with apple came up with this CONCEPT. That way you wouldn't look like an iDiot that didn't read the article. Obviously, that is not the route you chose.

11. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

With a concept like this start floating, it'll eventually be adopted with something similar. You don't think Apple will want to be left in the dust on transparent screens when everyone else start using it, especially Samsung. They will pick it up sooner or later, let's just hope Apple doesn't filed for the patents first.

21. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It's already being created by a someone NOT named or affiliated with apple. Oh.....And samsung has the transparent displays....Not apple. BTW, the concept was first displayed to the masses in Iron Man 2. There is no need to praise apple for everything.

10. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Engineer: WOW! That's fxxxing awesome! How can you make it? Designer: Well, that's your job?

12. metal

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

now an ipad has huge 10,000 mah battarey explain to me how would it fit in there

13. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Its exciting to see that everyone forgot about the Xperia X5 Pureness and LG Crystal

14. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Still running the same UI.... sigh J/k

15. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

use of google glass in 10 years?

16. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Clear hardware design...........same boring, locked down OS.

17. calfonso1278

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

No way you will see it on a Apple product !! Samsung's Transparent LCD !!! google it.

19. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Xperia X5 Pureness !!! google it, since 2009

26. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

stop mentioning trash of a phone. its a f'n basic phone w/a transparent screen. it looks like a portable stereo remote. i hardly believe that anyone should pay homage to this worthless phone. just b/c someone did it doesn't mean they did a good job at it. McDonald's was the one of the first to do the hamburger but there a lot of restaurants that came after that offer a lot better burger.

27. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

So? It's still the first. Its not meant to be use as a phone, its meant to be a luxury item. "McDonald's was the one of the first to do the hamburger"... were you born that stupid or did you have to work on it?

34. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

rgx - Ok, so it was first but I think the point CRICKET was trying to make is that it's not about being first it's about being relevant. I believe the first touchscreen on a phone was made by IBM (Simon) so does that mean every phone after was a copy? Based on your logic apparently it does. I googled that phone you speak of and if you consider that a "luxury" item, then I ask you the same question - were you born stupid? If you're going to be a smart ass at least have some validity.

30. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I remember that Xperia Pureness.. Even Lenovo made a copy of that.

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011


20. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Why are these people so fascinated with transparent phones and ipads? Anyway, they can have all the concepts they like. Apple will still only make longer rectangles

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Aluminium gone ? Man what would "they" have to talk about after this because right now that's the only thing that "they" talk :D

28. MartianMe unregistered

Hey Afonso! I believe samsung n sharp have some prototype panels... look it up..utube.. in case you didn't know. But then again you are an apple lover i can see.

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