iPhone 5 by Tobi Borrows from the iPad Design

September 17th, 2011

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Tobi is a famous designer on the website Concept Phones, so it’s no wonder he created a new handset, the iPhone 5 this time. The back side seems to borrow heavily from the iPad design, while the front uses what the rumors detailed lately. Let me remind you that we might get to see the real iPhone on October 7, according to rumors.

Tobi’s creation also involves a Smart Cover, just like the one of the iPad, but in a smaller version. Things to notice here are the elongated Home button, the edge to edge screen and the fact that the display diagonal may be bigger than the usual 3.5 inch one. As far as the Home button is concerned, the area around it may be a touch one, making available all sorts of gesture that allow you to control iOS 5.

Also one must notice that discrete volume buttons and the fact that we don’t quite get to see the camera in this concept… That’s too bad, since I would have like to see that Omnivision or Sony 8 megapixel sensor with 1080p video capture and autofocus, as rumored.

[via Concept Phones]

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Silicone iPhone Case Elasty Wins Belkin Design Awards

September 9th, 2011

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Yoori Koo had the brilliant idea of creating an original silicone case for the iPhone, that will not only protect it, but also allow the user to store many objects he uses throughout the day. The design was so good that it even won the Korean Belkin Design Award.

We’re dealing here with a protective case that covers the device, rids of it the death grip issue and allows you tuck in bills, a stylus, your headphones and even your credit card. You’ll use the rubbery bands to stick the objects to the phone’s body, which is a cool way of carrying around stuff with you, provided that you don’t turn the phone into a wallet.

This silicone rubber case is also light and its material feels nice to the hands of the user, plus it protects the iPhone from shock. Now let’s just hope that it’s easy to recycle and it’s a green product, so we have a hit on our hands.

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iPhone 4 Wooden Case Looks Retro, Mimics Camera Design

August 29th, 2011

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As if owning an iPhone 4 isn’t special enough, you now get to turn your unit into something even more special. I’m talking about the wooden case for iPhone 4 pictured below. Aside from making your device look like a genuine camera, this accessory will protect it from various risks, possibly excluding termites.

The covering case is made of walnut and bamboo, pretty resilient materials that protect the iPhone from damage. Laser engraving has also been applied to this wooden case and in case you hold the handset + case in your hands, you’ll feel as if you’re using a regular camera. The inside of the accessory incldes a layer of felt, for extra cushion between the smartphone and the glossy outer shell.

The problem here is actually a dilemma: if plastic polutes nature, then wood is better for a case, but what about the trees that were taken down to make the case? Back to the concept iPhone case itself, you must’ve notice that it comes with two sections, that can be easily detached from the middle. Of course, as anyone would predict, the case allows you to access the volume button, camera flash, piower button and headphone jack easily.

[via designbuzz]

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iPhone Hologram Keyboard and Projector Look Futuristic… But Not Too Much

August 28th, 2011

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Although an iPhone with a holographic UI and projector may look futuristic now, it could become a reality in two or three years, especially with Apple having recently patented pico projectors of their own. The Cupertino company also bought the domain applepico.com, yet another indication of their intentions.

As you might have guessed, this iPhone concept relies on a holographic pico projector, that will display a virtual keyboard on the surface of your liking. This reminds me of those laser keyboards that are quite fashionable right now. I wonder why they didn’t also make the screen virtual, by projecting it on a wall or something. I’ve seen such ideas before, trust me…

As far as the device itself is concerned, we’re dealing with an extremely thin phone, with edge to edge display, but how can they fit a projector into such a tiny space? Samsung already launched a projector phone, but it didn’t go big, as some expected, so maybe next time Apple comes up with something like that, the Korean company will sue them for copying their idea…

[via Pocketnow]

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iPhone Capsule Changes the Idea of an iPhone Nano a Bit…

August 26th, 2011

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With Steve Jobs no longer in charge of Apple, who know what could happen now? They could even launch something as silly as an iPod nano, that might even look like the Capsule device below. This iPhone Capsule concept was created by Andro Gama, a designer that imagines a 4.89 cm x 10.1 cm x 1.35 cm unit.

This strange handset weighs 87 grams and comes with a tiny 2.4 inch AMOLED display and a 3.2 megapixel camera with 30 fps video recording. The screen and case are protected against water, scratches, fingerprints, dust and more. Gesture control is supported on this little smartphone, especially through shaking the nano iPhone, in order to turn music on or off, change a song or tweak the volume to your liking.

iPhone Capsule uses a stainless steel frame and comes bundled with a headset that provides 3D stereo sound. If you’re wondering about connectivity, this model provides 3G, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB. iOS is available, of course, in a more simplistic version, that only seems to display 5 or 6 icons on the screen at the same time. The main dock of options is still available at the bottom.

Would you purchase this model?

[via Concept Phones]

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CiccareseDesign and MacRumors Give You… the iPhone 5

August 13th, 2011

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We’re as close to the iPhone 5 debut as it gets, with a supposed event for this debut taking place on September 7th. Well, till then we have the concepts to look at and CiccareseDesign is up for a new task, commissioned by Macrumors. The result is the iPhone 5 mockup below, based on the leaked cases from the last weeks.

It seems that Macrumors somehow got a hold of some early iPhone 5 cases made by Chinese companies, so this is as areal as it gets. The home button is now featured in a more elongated shape, much like the one on the HP TouchPad tablet, if you want. Some say that this elongated shape creates a swiping area around the real Home button, for swiping between apps in the foreground and background.

No idea what the diagonal size of this iPhone 5 is, but 4 inch is a proper estimate that also keeps the present screen ratio. The back of the phone features tapered edges and the whole design reminds me of the iPod touch latest gen very much. A 0.27 inch thickness is expected and the new model may also be wider. Do you dig this?

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iHolo is a Hologram Phone That Apple Could Create… in 2015

August 8th, 2011

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We’ve been hearing about hologram phones for a while now, but we’re still happy with our touchscreen displays. Meanwhile, the concepts with such technologies are all over the place and one such example of novelty is the iHolo, a device created by Kingyo xie. Can we call this a futuristic iPhone?

The iHolo relies on technologies such as Bluetooth, infrared, touchscreen and hologram projection. Thus, the cellphone can project its content on any flat surface, granting a huge viewing estate to the user. The handset supports high definition video playback, video chat and dynamic screen adjustment, as you’ll switch the screen size according to your needs.

The gaming experience is pretty cool through the virtual hologram controls, as shown in the images here. iHolo’s basic unit is an iPod shuffle-like gadget, that will display through a lighted symbol the missed texts or calls.

[via designbuzz]

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iPhone 5 Design Inspired by Leaked Images

August 6th, 2011

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What you see below is an iPhone 5 design inspired by the recently leaked images of the upcoming device. While those pics were a fake, this concept is as real as it gets… for a futuristic phone. Keeping close to the speculations, this model is supposed to be 7mm in thickness and I have to mention it resembles the iPhone 4 quite a lot.

However, this model is a bit more rounded and it could sport a glass back case, as rumored. The screen also seems to have smaller bezels, but it’s still far from the idea of an edge to edge display on the Apple smartphone. With the iPhone 5 supposed to be 7mm thin, making it the thinnest smartphone ever, do you think about buying one?

[via ispazio]

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iPhone Air Adopts Teardrop Shape, Edge to Edge Display

August 2nd, 2011

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With the iPhone 5 one month away from launch, it’s about time we saw a concept that actually fits the latest rumors about it. Thus the iPhone Air, made by Federico Ciccarese was born and you can check it out after the break. We’re dealing with a future iOS 5 unit here, as shown by the notification area on the screen.

This model features the classic edge to edge display I’ve seen on so many mockups and concepts of future iPhone generations. The teardrop form factor is used and the name Air makes me think of the thinnest phone in the world, just like the MacBook Air broke thickness records when it launched. I’m guessing that there’s a HD 1080p 8 megapixel camera at the back, with LED flash, while the screen diagonal is about 4 inches.

Many people have dismissed the idea of a screen that covers a smartphone from one edge to the other, as it would make the touchscreen vulnerable… Apple is the kind of company to try new stuff, so adopting this technology wouldn’t surprise me.

[via ciccarese design]

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iPhone 5 in the Vision of the Italian Post Office

July 27th, 2011

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When the Italian Post Office (from what I understood from the source article) starts designing iPhone 5 mockups, it’s clear that the future device is a hit. “Poste Italiane” created a pretty tiny device, that looks more like an iPhone nano than a fifth-gen iPhone.

The handset uses a touch area instead of the Home button, although to me that looks like an enlarged touch button that’s easier to touch. The length of this button makes me think about the Samsung Galaxy S II a bit, but only a bit. The design of this model is a bit rounded, so it’s more like the older generations of iPhone, not like the iPhone 4.

[via ispazio]

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