Next iPhone concept render hints what Apple could do with that extra screen space in a new design

Next iPhone concept render hints what Apple could do with that extra screen space in a new design
The Apple Conspiracy crew just sent us a nice piece of concept render work, which incorporates everything we've heard about the design of the next iPhone so far from various sources, commencing with the rumor that started circulating the other day about the 4" screen with 640x1136 pixels, and the extra app icon row.

We've been reporting on a larger screen possibility since last spring, but it turned out those whispers might have been about the work on the 2012 iPhone, which allegedly had Steve Jobs involved until the last moment, not the iPhone 4S that was unveiled last year.

We've also been hearing about the eventual sub-8mm thickness, made possible by the use of in-cell touchscreen panel, which fuses the touch layer directly into the screen, and with which we heard today Sony might be making inroads as Apple supplier.

We are not that sold on the whole Liquidmetal possibility, since experts say the material is a few years away from being used for a unibody chassis in anything like the iPhone, so if the next Apple handset has a metal body indeed, it might be just good ol' aluminum or some kind of alloy. 

In any case, have a look at how the interface might look like with the new vertical pixels stack and the 16:9 format, and tell us what you think.



3. BTB72

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2012

I live in Argentina, and with the ongoing customs embargo, it's impossible to acquire any iPhone. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can? Thank you!

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

get a different phone...end of story

13. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Unless you can figure out where to get a $50 case for it don't worry your self with an iphone get a android (high end). because its more customizable and they don't shatter if you drop it from 2 feet.

45. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Most people above 24 want something nice like an iPhone

49. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

I grew up and purchased a real phone. iPhone's are for you kids.

56. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Aren't you 18 and love android? Thanks for proving my point.

57. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

taco, your not even 18 yet.

44. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Trolling as usual?

54. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

stfu taco -_____-

4. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Looks pretty good, but i don't like the virtual home button ...

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

why not? screen is ready when you really need it

48. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

there is so much screen space left, why not make the 'home' button smaller and make it a hardware button like current devices, and update iOS so you have a bigger menu, now thats a phone then ! in my opinion i guess :)

55. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

If they do that, they'll really be ripping off Android

60. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they have been taking ideas from other OS's anyways it doesn't make any difference

5. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

What could they do with more screen space??? we already know what larger screen renderings are capable of, Android has led this for how long now? Somehow it will be revolutionary that Apple is doing it. The IOS system is dated itself in not changing for four years, so that in itself that it is becoming more dynamic like its direct competition - even more so that it flies in the face of what Jobs upheld. Maybe it is natural evolution that Jobs passed and now changes are finally taking place re: design and software. Android has demonstrated what can be done the last three years as far as growth, potential and customer relations. Fit that in the extra screen space.

15. JeffdaBeat unregistered

My God, can Apple release the phone before you start getting so angry about the fact that they are answering consumer's desire for a larger screen? Folks mock the iPhone for having a 3.5" screen and then when the rumor comes that the screen is going to get bigger, you complain that other manufacturers have been doing that for years. Pick your argument.

16. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

you support my one point. It has been done for years. We don't need a demo of what we can do with a slightly bigger screen. Dancing to a differrent JeffdaBeat.

25. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Don't be bothered by all the haters they find fault in every apple product no matter what.They know deep inside the iphone is a great device not saying Android isn't i own three of them but i don't go bashing one or the other like i've said before, there great in their own ways both platforms.

29. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Every phone has it's merits. But I stand by my statement that with folks on this site...the iPhone could literally cure cancer and they will find some way to hate it. Be a real nerd and embrace technology no matter who makes it. Be critical. Be fair.

34. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well said

40. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I completely agree. The biased hatred toward one side or the other is annoying.

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The vitrual home button looks way out of place.

7. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

O WOW... a "Virtual" Home button. Such innovation. Keep up the good work fruits over at apple. But on a serious note: For all phones, virtual buttons just seem like a wasted use for the extra screen room.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not really

17. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

agree. Home button is the major problem for apple products for it gets really unresponsive as time goes by. It malfunctions some other time. But having a larger screen for the home button? what i think is that it will be absurd. it's more acceptable to have a touch sensitive key than combine it with the screen.

8. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

First picture just look like my GNote.

9. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

liquid metal and virtual home button are totally out

14. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

They will probably keep the physical home button and just make it smaller or maybe even make it a capacitive home button. It would be stupid to add 0.5" to the screen only to make the home button virtual, i'm guessing that iOS will have a major overhaul and they will probably add widgets.

18. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Virtual Home button will be only a backward compatibility tool for old apps, othervise you don't see it in regular usage - this is a concept for buttonless iPhone, because it was very indicative if the rumors sre correct - extra 176 pixels on 329 PPI is exactly spaced for classic Home button. An elegant solution for fragmentation problem by introducing larger screen and wide format. Sorry for not making it clear enough. Thanks PA for publishing this!

41. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

A buttonless design and a larger screen would allow more gesture support for closing apps and multi-tasking. People love an interactive user experience. I remember when the first iPhone came out and everyone was asking if they zoom just by pinching their fingers. Do other manufacturers have gesture support? Some. Just like how multi-touch has been around, but Apple will make the splash with this feature because they will actually advertise this feature heavily IF it makes it to the new model.

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