When it comes to Apple products, speculation knows no bounds. We have heard stories of an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 6 and stories of a dual release, where two new iOS 7 powered devices will be released, most likely this September. Today though, T3 have published what appears to be the most compelling Apple iPhone 6 first picture. The attached video also shows a full 3D render of the new iPhone.
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Whether the next Apple Smartphone will be called the 5S or the iPhone 6 is still the subject of wild internet speculation, but what is based on solid fact is an Apple patent for a ‘wraparound smartphone screen’.
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This patent – which we should note is one of thousands that Apple regularly apply for – could be a real game changer. In a year of hot gadgets the new iPhone sits on the top fo the tree, with huge expectation tied in with a a general acceptance that Apple needs to get this one right on the back of Samsung’s rapid emergence to market leader.
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This patent opens up some interesting options, if as expected, Apple are incorporating it into the designs for their next smartphone.
For a start, it could bring to an end the classic Apple physical buttons, including the home button, mute button and volume controls. I have always been a big fan of those buttons, especially the brushed alumium styling on the mute and volume buttons, but there’s a general feeling that the 2013 iPhone will look radically different.
We haven’t had a big design overhaul on the iPhone since the iPhone 4. The 4S was visually identical, and the 5 was merely an elongated model of the previous two generations. With the iPhone 5, Apple demonstrated a willingness to play with the iPhone’s dimensions. It will be interesting if they choose to use this wraparound design in order to deliver a device with an effectively bigger screen, but within the same dimensions as the 5.
The wraparound screen design is said to deliver a screen which, through its rolled and unrolled design, delivers effectively twice the size.
So whatever Apple are planning, it is definitely set to be different. With the totally new iOS – designed and implemented by a new man after Apple Maps-gate – this device is set to take on a more android-like feel.