Utterly compelling Apple iPhone 7 concept takes a handful of design clues from the iPhone 4/4s

Utterly compelling Apple iPhone 7 concept takes a handful of design clues from the iPhone 4/4s

We all love concepts, don't we? An artist's representation of what a certain gadget might possibly look like are often far from the real deal and only convey their wishful thinking, but regardless, it's still curious to check these out.

Well, there's a fresh new concept in town, and it's about a device that is most likely due out in more than a year and a few months - the Apple iPhone 7. This year, we will most certainly get treated to the iPhone 6s and 6 Plus, but in 2016, we will likely lay our eyes on the next iteration of the iPhone lineup. With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus expected to be similar on the outside with the current iPhone 6/6 Plus, it is universally accepted that the iPhone 7 will be the conveyor of a new exterior design language, so we will have to wait a bit. 

Artists hardly wait, though. As you can check out in the gallery and video below, the conceptual device is heavily inspired by a handful of previous iPhones, the 4 and 4s, which are often touted as some of the most beautiful and well-designed smartphones Apple has ever made. They have donated their glass backs to the iPhone 7 concept, as well as flat metal frame encompassing the whole device. There's some 2.5D sapphire glass at the front, gently blending within the metal frame.
 
The iPhone 7 concept is envisioned with an Apple A10 chip, a Quad HD Retina, and a 16MP iSight camera. It also envisions Apple Dock, a wireless-charging station that allows you to easily connect your Apple devices.

What do you think, should Apple go all in for a mix between an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 6? Let us know!



source: GdgtCompare via NWA (translated)

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38 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

wow, this must be the best concept i've ever seen, i really love it

30. Simona unregistered

woow?? it IS DISGUSTING.. what the f is this iphone 4s2 ?

2. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

This is just perfect. Probably fragile, probably still not water-resistant, but as a design study, I cannot think of anything I'd change. Not fond of Apple (and their prices), but I'd definitely change my mind about mr. Ive and his recent choices.

32. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The removable back from the 4/4S era was nice for battery replacement, but that's it. Replacing the screen is much more involved with this design, so I much prefer the design of the 5/5c/5s/6/6+ with the screen coming off without having to gut the device and unscrew the frame from the body. If they went back to this, I'd hate it as a repair technician but appreciate it for the aesthetics.

3. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Nice design and I like it.

4. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

their fan made concept always looks gorgeous & flawless, those iconic rounded home button it's the only thing that's not blend together... I can't imagine iPhone has slim bezel with those thing around, i'll guess they will implement touch id on the screen (if possible). Anyway it's just a concept, better wait and see...

5. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

metal band sims to thick, i like the front and back panel, but please do the metal band like in iphone 5 or 5s.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

And not an all - glass back in which the bad outweighs the good.

6. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This is a beautiful design but not gonna happen.

8. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

S6 is that you?

13. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Isn't that S6 is iPhone 6 jealous sibling?

16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

iPhone 6 more like Samsung Ativ S Sibling, S6 slighltly more edgy compared to iPhone 6 the camera placement also different and you'll notice Apple doesn't have capacitive recent apps and back button. Overall S6 has better design (i don't like iPhone 6 antena lines), better screen to body ratio, easier to hold, more functonal because that's capacitive button, but in the end it's a matter of preferences right? If you want to argue about who is copying whom - then it'll become neverending talk since i guess 6+ might try to copy Note sucess & Galaxy tab S2 try to copy iPad 4:3 aspect ratio and so on...

17. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Larger iPhone 4 to be exact

18. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Nope its the Iphone 4s calling.

36. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

No it's Note 5.

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nope.

10. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I like that design.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"Concepts" are a waste of time and bandwidth.

12. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

If that's how really the iPhone 7 looks like, I will definitely get it no matter what.

14. eviatar

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 20, 2015

In 2 words- Galaxy s6.

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Right, because Apple's 2010/2011 designs don't exist in your world.

20. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You're right, why Samsung doesn't stay with their own design? I love Note 4 design with those faux leather it doesn't looks and feel cheap also more sturdy, functional, not a fingerprint magnet, etc...

19. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

In 2 words- Iphone 4s.

29. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Aww I used to like that look.

38. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Its horrible being a former android user isn't it.. often leaving our faces looking like ours :)

21. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

i doubt they will go back to an old-style with their design of a phone

22. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Pretty hilarious when Apple fans do there concept renders of their "dream" phone (in other words they know it won't happen) and they put down specs with applea made up names in front of current and OLDER Android devices. The above is just a s6/s6edge but slower lol. Quad HD screen, check already got it 16mp camera with ois, check already got it wireless charging, check already got it Goody luck though y'all won't see those specs til 2017 IF and that's a big IF that

26. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What if that concept isn't designed by an apple fan ? iPhone already got great display and great camera, whats bad on dreaming where it can get better next ? And how can it be slower than S6 ? That's a pretty tall order, considering iPhone 7 is going to be significally faster than the iPhone 6.

23. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

If they went back to the 5/5S style I think it'd be better, I think the 6 is ugly compared to the 5S.

24. tchad78

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

What I need to switch to consider the switch to iPhone: 1) Waterproof - This is such a great peace of mind feature. 2) Front facing speakers - I tried going without this on a Samsung - hated it. 3) Drag and Drop files onto the phone - I don't need to use a proprietary program to add music, video, images or files to my android phone. If I can't plug my phone into any computer USB and drop the files I need onto it in under a minute, the phone is incomplete and broken.

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