It's about that time again for concept photos and rumors of the next iDevice. A recent slew of concept ideas have been floating around the internet the last few hours, and although they seem like quite a stretch, we are all aware how badly apple wants to crush the android market, so it's all fair game.
Patents are often an interesting viewpoint into what Apple may have planned for its next-generation consumer electronics devices. While the patents may suggest features or concepts that might not be geared for a few releases down the road, the most recent patents may give us some insight into the features of the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6.
It was only 5 months ago that the iPhone 5 was released to the public, and it's no surprise users are already craving that next release.
Peter Zigich, a 3D Graphic Designer, has published a few concept pictures featuring what he believes could be the iPhone 6, the iPhone Mini and some kind of Apple phablet. Yes Phablet. That's seems to be the lingo going around as well as "iPhablet". His design for the iPhone 6 shows the home button on the right side of the handset leaving room for a larger display and an extra icons row. The physical dimensions of the smartphone remain the same due to the smaller bezel.
One of Apple’s patents is entitled “Electronic device with automatic mode switching”, which could allow Apple to far surpass Samsung, as the patent suggests that the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 would be able to change its mode automatically with embedded sensors, based on the external noises, lighting conditions, climate and time of the day it detects. It's a nobrainer that the update would include a higher-end camera, this one based on a technology called “Super HD”; ideally at 13 megapixels or higher.
What this about an iPhone Mini? Zigich designed it as a smaller model of the iPhone 6 that would be meant to compete against mid-range phones of other manufacturers. There have actually been some rumors saying that Apple will release a smaller smartphone and that it would sport a 4-inch screen and be made of plastic. The iPhone Mini designed by Zigich is a bit more stylish being made from the same premium materials as the flagship.
As we look over other various Apple patents, it appears they may also offer users with a more advanced security system through use of a fingerprint sensor; this concept made even more credible by Apple’s recent purchase of AuthenTec, a company that specializes in fingerprint scanning. Other possibilities include wireless charging, a laser projected virtual keyboard and an overall smarter device than previous iPhones.
However, it’s hard to believe that Apple will manufacture a "phablet", at least not soon. The company itself claimed that there is no need for a display larger than 3.5 inches. Funny enough, after the statement the company launched the iPhone 5 which has a 4-inch screen.
What do you think of these concept designs. Where do YOU see the future of the iPhone to be headed?
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