Apple fans anxiously waiting for the next generation iPhone have reason to be excited this week.
French designer Antoine Brieux recently released an absolutely gorgeous concept of the next generation iPhone, what is believed to be called the iPhone 5. The concept incorporates liquidmetal technology, a previously reported rumor, and features a stunning 4.5-inch widescreen display.
The part of the concept that does and doesn’t make sense is the use of a “virtual” home screen button, instead of a physical button. I don’t see Apple ditching it’s trustworthy button, mainly because it’s a staple on the device that users are used to. Then again, many of us were used to the click-wheel on the old-school iPod. But by ditching the physical button for a physical button, Apple would be able to increase the screen’s aspect ratio to 16:9 while keeping a comfortable form factor.
The concept makes the iPhone look beautifully thin and chic. Additionally, its artist believes it will feature a 10 megapixel camera, 4G LTE (makes sense) and possibly an A5X processor.
The next generation iPhone is expected to be released this October, following suit with the current iPhone 4S. It’s unclear if Apple plans to announce the new device at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but we do know that Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer who has assembles the iPhone, was recruiting 18,000 people to produce enough devices.
If Apple wants to reign supremely above the rest of the smartphone world, the iPhone 5 needs to be innovative in design and unprecedented in speed and function. Recent reports of worldwide smartphone market share shows Samsung in the lead at 29.1 percent and Apple in second at 24.2 percent. Samsung has several models of smartphones on the market currently, while Apple currently advertises just its iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 3Gs are still available for purchase.
If Apple wants an innovative design, I hope its masterful designer at least takes a second look at this concept.