This iPhone 7 concept takes inspiration from the one company Apple should not be inspired by


Apple has unveiled the iPhone 6s just two months ago, yet since then we have already seen more than one attempt at drawing concepts about the upcoming in late 2016 Apple iPhone 7.

And while the obvious truth is that no one except a few people in Cupertino (and maybe in China) know about the direction Apple will take with the new iPhone, this has not stopped artists give their imagination a free flight.

This is exactly what this latest iPhone 7 concept (officially, Curved labs that created this is calling it '6k') is all about: a product of imagination rather than reality. Yet, it is a fun and strange one because it takes inspiration in no other, but... the BlackBerry Priv and its slide-out keyboard.

Why is this funny? Well, BlackBerry is kind of in dire straits, going through one of the toughest periods in company history and its chief executive has warned that unless the company sells 5 million devices next year, it will seriously consider quitting the phone business. Put simply, it's not a good idea to take guidance from a company that is struggling to find its mojo.

With all this in mind, this Apple iPhone 7 concept is well drawn and fun. Check it out and let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section below.



source: Curved/labs

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62 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Apple won't do this sht lol

14. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just like they would never make over a 4in screen. Didn't take long for them to copy that.

17. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Or a stylus. LOL

29. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

SERIOUSLY?! what's up with the title?! Typical article in this website who will defend the fruit. I'm not gonna be surprised if I'll be banned again for saying something against the fruit or the site.

30. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

We all know Steve got the inspiration from a Japanese company in making his iphone. Hypocrisy at it's finest. And when fruit does this, all of them will say "how innovative".

32. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

And that was from Sony phones. Even Steve admits he copied Sony Vaio laptops.

31. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

They won't do it because of expensive materials, they want to keep it cheap materials and high selling price for profit.

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

No they don't want to get Sue out of existence I would love to see them try and have to pay half of everything

2. praveensingh569

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Never goona possible this concept Why in the technology of 3D touch Apple will use physical keyboard Apple will make 3D touch keyboard rather

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Knowing Apple, its highly unlikely... REASON??? Because Apple let the technology become "MATURE" before commencing its implementation in iPhones...!!! Simple... P.S I'm a WP User.

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Keyboard sliders are the most mature keyboard in the industry you just disqualified yourself by saying such crap. Still i dont see Apple doing this they would give more money to blackberry than they actually do with enterprise iphone user.

41. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

based on Apple's dictionary -> matured technology is when technology become cheap enough to not damage Apple's profit and now they're still waiting amoled screen and fast charging tech to be "mature" enough

4. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

This is the keyboard design that should have been on the priv.

5. goesoer

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I like the concept, but in case 4" display. Dunno what tall it is when 4,7" or 5.5"

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Concepts like this goes to show you that even Apple fans want a physical keyboard. That being said, Apple is very well known for applying technology to its products after it's been tested and perfected by others. I could see the possibility of Apple doing this, should the Priv prove to be a success. But will they be willing to pay to license the IP from BlackBerry is another question entirely.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

As a third party case? Yes. Integrated with the phone? Nope.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry is blind. There's demand for keyboard cases, as evident by the Typo and Typo2. Not sure why they don't just release one and make money or don't stifle innovation.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Suddenly you're against a company stifling innovation?

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Only if that company isn't named Apple.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But couldn't the same be said about you and blackberry, meanest?

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not at all. Any company that uses IP without paying/licensing it should be penalized.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Suddenly you think you know what you're talking about, tedkord?

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you're telling me that BlackBerry going after a company for stealing it's IP is wrong? But you think Apple is wholeheartedly in the right for going after Samsung and seeking injunctions against certain Samsung products? Do you realize how hypocritical you sound right now?

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm telling you Blackberry shouldn't try and go after the guy who's making the hamburger when everyone has made it. I'm telling you that blackberry should realize there's a lucrative market for that particular hamburger.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is going after that guy that used its IP without paying for it. You're saying that's wrong? Funny how you say BlackBerry is "blind" for protecting their IP, but Apple isn't. And "everyone else" that made a PKB for a device that used BlackBerry's patents entered into an agreement with BlackBerry to license the tech, like Mororola. The hypocrisy is oozing from you. If this were Apple doing this to anyone, you'd be calling for the infringer to hanged. Lucrative business or not, Typo should have went about making their snap on qwerty keyboard the correct way.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm afraid Blackberry wasn't the only player in the game to use keyboards on a phone. Remember there was a company called Palm that had devices that used keyboards. Oh and there's the MyTouch and the Sidekick phones. And let's not forget some of the older Nokia phones. And let's not forget the Droid line of phones that were famous for having keyboards, keyboards that looked nothing like a Blackberry keyboard. If Blackberry felt threatened to sue for Typo making a keyboard that was in demand, then perhaps Blackberry should get off their perch and actually make keyboard cases. I like how you accuse me of being a hypocrite, yet you tend to exhibit some of the same things yourself.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obviously, I know BlackBerry wasn't the only player to use pkb's, that's why I mentioned Mororola. I see that part of my post escaped your vision. But BlackBerry holds more patents related to pkb's than anyone in the business. As I said, I already mentioned Motorola, and I even mentioned how they have a licensing agreement with BlackBerry concerning physical keyboards. They license BlackBerry's tech from them. BlackBerry didn't feel threatened, but theft if IP is theft of IP, and should punished accordingly. The fact that you're defending it shows how much of a hypocrite you are. And why does BlackBerry need to make a keyboard case? If one wants to use the best PKB in the business, BUY A BLACKBERRY. Period. For example: You think iOS is the best OS out today, right? Don't you think they'd make even more money licensing out they're OS? I don't see you clamoring for that or saying how blind they are for not doing so. If one wants to experience iOS, they have to buy an Apple device. I call you a hypocrite because your hypocrisy is on overdrive in this article. Point out in this article where I'm being a hypocrite, as I've just done with you. I'll wait....

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It didn't. I just wanted to remind you that Blackberry isn't the only one who have released PKB's on their phones. Again there are other companies who have used PKB. That was my point. Which goes back to what I said about Blackberry thinking they're the only player in town with PKB. Newsflash, they aren't. That's a pretty ignorant thing to say. If someone wants to have the best PKB, buy a Blackberry. It sounds like you don't really want to admit that demand exists for PKB on some phones. It's not always possible for someone to get a Blackberry because last time I checked, Blackberry wasn't on every carrier. This is not the same as licensing out iOS. Why doesn't Blackberry license out their software? See how easy I can play that card to? See Comment #18 for an example.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Clearly I didn't need you to remind of that, as I named Motorola as having PKB devices before you named any company. So your "point" was just rehashing what I previously said. BlackBerry doesn't think they're the only player in town. They were protecting their IP. Seriously, I've NEVER seen you say such things about Apple concerning Samsung. And Apple must have thought they were the "only players in town" when they sued (and lost miserably to) Amazon over the generic name "App Store". Now THAT is a more apt description of an entity thinking that they're "the only player in town." That's not "ignorant", that's a fact, and business 101. Why make you're major differentiating point available to your competitors? It's smarter to have people who want the best PKB experience to buy the entire device, where they can make more of a profit from. And I OBVIOUSLY know that "demand exists for a PKB on some phones." Newsflash: I use a device WITH A PKB. BlackBerry not being on every carrier is irrelevant, as they sell devices unlocked. PKB clip-ons aren't on ANY carrier, and yet people are still able to get them, when available. And BlackBerry does license out their software. It's called QNX, BES, BBM (which is FREE) and the BlackBerry Experience Suite. And Chen has already stated that he's interested in licensing out BB10 to anyone willing to build BB10 devices. See how my card is better than yours? Comment #18 doesn't show that I'm being a hypocrite, it shows YOU as being a hypocrite. Try again.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Clearly you did because you continue to ignore the other devices that have PKB, other devices besides the Droid phones. So my point wasn't rehashing anything. Actually I already commented about Apple and their lawsuit-happy ways. Tim Cook has already said he wouldn't be turning to litigation like Apple has done in the past. The App Store thing was a questionable move. Oh were you expecting me to say something else? Or maybe I should become an app developer so I can be forced by Chen's proposal to develop for his platform. Lol are you serious? They are releasing an Android powered blackberry. They have BBMS in several app stores. Google has several of their apps on the App Store where they actually get more attention and updates than their Android offerings. Don't act like it's out of the realm of possibility for Blackberry to release a PKB case for other platforms. You're not seeing the business that it could possibly bring. Comment #18 could be applied to yourself, so it actually does show you being a hypocrite despite your denial of it.

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