Is This What The iPhone 5 Will Look Like? [Gallery]

Is This What The iPhone 5 Will Look Like? [Gallery]

The folks over at Yanko Design put together these extremely attractive mock-ups of what they imagine the next iPhone might look like when it’s released in September.

Here are the shots:

Is This What The iPhone 5 Will Look Like? [Gallery]

Is This What The iPhone 5 Will Look Like? [Gallery]

Is This What The iPhone 5 Will Look Like? [Gallery]

Is This What The iPhone 5 Will Look Like? [Gallery]

I love the way this looks, but I say there’s no chance of the iPhone released in September will look like this. For one thing, all the rumors currently swirling about indicate that the next iPhone will look largely identical to the iPhone 4, except for the possibility of a slightly larger display.

Second? I just don’t think this design is possible. It’s simply too thin to hold all of the iPhone’s organs. The iPod Touch can get away with a design this thin, because it doesn’t have to fit in most of a telephone’s guts; the iPad 2 can be this thin, because of how much larger the total footprint is. But Apple can’t currently make iPhones all that much thinner than they are currently making them.

Lovely none the less. I’d be in heaven if the next iPhone was this light and thin. What about you?

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  • John Ramirez

    I wonder is the upcoming iphone will still be prone to the death grip?

  • quietstorms

    I would absolutely love a return a aluminum (or possibly LiquidMetal) iPhone. The design looks great.

  • dagamer34

    The obvious point is that at some point, the iPhone can get no thinner. Thinness isn’t a feature, battery life is.

  • Elliot George

    No

  • Elliot George

    If you say crap like that again you will be vulnerable to my death grip.

  • vanmacguy

    Mockups always make me laugh. They’re very nice and everything but who has the time to put them together? And why? It’s complete speculation and they’re instantly forgotten (for me anyway).

    That said, these are nice ones.

  • vanmacguy

    I would say absolutely no way. Apple learned a lesson with that, I don’t think you’ll ever see antenna problems again from Apple.

    In fact I think they’ll be quick to point out other manufacturer’s antenna problems, they’ll use their lack of problems as a selling feature.

  • Gheedsgreed

    It would be nice to have a naked iPhone again, without fear of loosing signal or shattering it into oblivion…… nah I’ll just stick with Otterbox cases.

  • TMU_Kelly

    Uh, no. They just took an iPad 1 and 2 design and shrank it down. Ain’t happening.

  • prof_peabody

    They are attractive, but they are just fantasy renders.  

    Whomever made these seems to have no clue about design and no idea how the current iPhone is put together.  They aren’t so much “designs” as they are “wouldn’t this look cool?” suggestions. Design is about a lot more than just making it look cool.  

    For example, they leave out the annular ring that attaches the glass to the front and back of the device which is not only necessary, it’s a patented Apple invention that has been in every iPhone from the first to the last.  They also change the silent switch to a much stupider design that would be constantly set off by mistake were it actually used, and do so seemingly just because it looks cooler that way.  

    No one would get hired at a serious design firm by walking in the door with these renders.  At least they wouldn’t get hired as a designer.

  • JayeDee369

    Wow, that is one sexy looking phone. I would buy it in a heartbeat if it looked anywhere close to this. I totally disagree with you on two points, the rumors of the iPhone 5 resembling the 4 ain’t gonna happen-look at what happened last year with the 4-total redesign. So I see the design changing to usher in a new phone. Second, the iPad 2 is extremely thin and I can see Apple making a thinner phone, after breaking my 4 down, there are no phone parts that can’t be reduced in size-now if it’s as thin as my credit card then I want a DNA test everyone at Cupertino for Alien DNA LOL

  • Travis

    It looks great but I preferred the FEEL of the 3G/3Gs with it’s more rounded features.  The 4 is somewhat uncomfortable to talk and hold without a case on it.  I know Apple tends to follow form slightly over function but I admit, what they do works and that is why I will continue to buy their phones for the foreseeable future.

  • winski

    Looks like a 3gs?? WTF??

  • joewaylo

    Clever design albeit an artistic approach, but there’s several aspects that are incorrect to make it right:
    * The phone is extremely thin – Unless Apple made the hardware about the same as the iPad2 but shrank it’s design somehow, the design may be flawed and several issues may arise.
    * The silent switch was replaced from a switch to what looks like a tap button – Most users are accustomed to the orange colored dongle switch. Does the button pop out and show the orange?
    * Are they taking the iPad 2′s approach with the antenna and putting it on top? There is a small panel above that looks like the 3G iPad’s antenna enclosure.
    ** My speculation on that area was also thinking that was a fingerprint reader – I wonder if Apple is going to buy a patent from Motorola Atrix 4G, not steal it.
    * I do like the “Designed by Michael in Pakiztan” or whatever that says on the back of the phone, not Apple.

  • Uri Lev Kelman

    What do you mean “when it’s released in September”? APPLE DIDN’T ANNOUNCE A SEPTEMBER RELEASE! They didn’t even announce anything to do with the next-gen iPhone. Stop with this speculative BULLSHIT! It’s bad reporting. 

  • bplano

    If anybody can make an iPhone like this… well, it’s Apple.

  • Graham Ward

    So the answer is “No”.  Pretty pointless article.

  • Matthew Geyster

    Thats looks horrible. Just another render from someone. There rear camera looks ugly where they placed it. It worked though they got a post from you guys.

  • Matthew Geyster

    and the font facing camera is completely fake. Just by looking at it you can tell its a photoshops image. thumbs down.

  • Joe Capone

    that would be great!  i wish!

  • Kuipo

    Those mockup’s look nice from any angle that doesn’t show the back heh.

    I don’t think they’d go with this design for 2 reasons:
    1. I think the back is too ugly for an Apple product.
    2. Why would they redesign the phone but not change the antenna?

    Not to mention the following small problems with that design:
    1. I don’t think they can move the camera down that far, it would be in the battery.  They would have to continue to put it towards the top to allow it to clear the internals.
    2. The new iOS version supports taking pictures via the + volume button. Moving back to a “rocker” type button as this design has doesn’t really match as well with that design idea.
    3. If they go with the ‘iPad’ looking back, I think they would also make the edge the same as the iPad and replace the antenne to avoid another uproar about their design. (Sadly, whether it actually creates a problem or not is irrelevant if people THINK it creates a problem.)

    It could be close to this though, and as I said… those renders look nice from a lot of different views.

  • m_hardwick

    This isn’t actually that much thinner than what we have already tbh.

  • Iphoneication

    i mostly agree with you except a couple of points, 

    1. liquid metal is coming so an all metal version is almost a certainty. also apple filed for a patent last year, to put the antenna behind the apple logo…making the old antenna design obsolete. 
    2. i think it will follow the ipad design for sure, but i think the display will be pushed literally all the way to the end,, i also think the home button is going to be a thing of the past.

    lastly, i think that apple will get away from the back glass for sure, its been kind of a thorn in their side, complaints about scratching, and breaking, apple likes to use materials that last!

  • Noelsillo

    i REALLY dig this.  if the ipod touch was this thin then it could be jammed with more organs, hence more features right?  i would ditch my phone and use those portable wifi things with me and use my ipod as a phone instead :P

  • José Berumen Dávila

    I  DONT LIKE IT!!  IT LOOKS PRETTY MUCH LIKE THE FIRST IPHONE!!! WE NEED A NEW DESIGN, MAYBE WITH CURVES, BIGGER SCREEN AND WITHOUT THE BLACK FRAMES N THE HOME BUTTON!!! AND ANOTHER WALLPAPER LIKE A LION, SNOW LEOPARD OR THE OPTION TO CHANGE THE BACKGROUND AS U WANT!!!!

  • Mal Bakker

    A metal back would create problems for the phone. 
    So my wild idea is that Apple will use all those new glass cutting machines to create a curved back.
    This would allow them to create a thinner edge but still have component room and back that will not interfere with the signal.

  • nthnm

    Stupider?

  • Jonathan Chambers

    Yeah, I can really imagine using a phone that has the power button right next to a volume rocker.  Where’s the headphone jack?  Maybe a new proprietary headphone adaptor like the one Bose builds into its headphones could make it less user-friendly.  As for the placement of the rear-facing camera so you’d be constantly covering it and smudging it.  Really?  

  • SarahSu

    nice design. Love it. but yes, it’s impossible the iPhone released in September will look like this. A great pity.

  • Crosby Loggins

    That looks absolutely gorgeous.  For a second, before I read the article, I thought it was real – it was so apple-esque at first glance.

    …ironically rather Samsung Galaxy-esque at second glance…

  • Arham Maher

    i think its great that their trying to make portable devices even more portable by making them thinner but am i the only one who thinks that regardless of the ability to make a device thiner and thiner, after one point its just too thin where it doesnt even Feel “nice” holding it in your hand?

    i know i sound confusing. But you know what i mean if your an Xbox player and u’v held a PS3 controller. the waitless-ness makes it feel (to an xbox user) like its dummy instead of the real thing.

    i prefer some wait in my hand and some thing for my fingers to curl around.

    and i Agree with Travis, i like the feel of my curved edges 3GS better then the sharp digging conners of iPhone 4. iPhone 4 looks great but doesn’t feel great when you grip it

  • Arham Maher

    i think its great that their trying to make portable devices even more portable by making them thinner but am i the only one who thinks that regardless of the ability to make a device thiner and thiner, after one point its just too thin where it doesnt even Feel “nice” holding it in your hand?

    i know i sound confusing. But you know what i mean if your an Xbox player and u’v held a PS3 controller. the waitless-ness makes it feel (to an xbox user) like its dummy instead of the real thing.

    i prefer some wait in my hand and some thing for my fingers to curl around.

    and i Agree with Travis, i like the feel of my curved edges 3GS better then the sharp digging conners of iPhone 4. iPhone 4 looks great but doesn’t feel great when you grip it

  • KillianBell

    You already have the option to change the wallpaper to whatever you want.

  • paxmos

    chic.

  • paxmos

    chic.

  • Barton Lynch

    the back is fughy

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