Flagship iPhone designs seem to follow the rule of Star Trek movies, or Windows PC software updates for me. Every other one isn’t to my liking. For instance, I loved the 3G/3GS, didn’t like the square, flat and shiny 4/4s. I loved the 5/5s, but from what I’ve seen of the iPhone 6 – through leaks and renders – so far, it doesn’t look great.
Recently, leaked shells have shown up and I’m really not keen on the look. It’s not the curved edges and slim frame, it’s – sadly necessary – black antenna “gaps” on the back. It gives it a less refined look. Granted, it’s only a rear shell and the front face could completely change my perception. But, I’d rather it looked like this concept:
The back is seamless, a little curved on the edges and looks really classy. It’s just a shame it’s a user-created concept.
Designed by Joel Velasquez, it features a solid one-piece shell complete with Jony Ive’s infamous diamond-cut chamfered edges. Around the back, the edges gently curve in to the flat back panel, and on the front is a huge edge-to-edge display and it measures in at under 7mm. So it’s super-thin too.
Of the devices currently on offer, it takes its influence from the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. It has the shape and design of the 5c, but with the metal materials of the 5/5s. We’ll just ignore the fact that metal shells need plastic gaps in them for the various radios to work properly, and enjoy the looks. It’s not like it’s every going to become a reality anyway. And there’s nothing wrong with dreaming.