Here’s The Proof That A Plastic iPhone 6 Could Still Look Gorgeous [Video]

There’s a lot of talk about Apple going back to plastic for the budget iPhone, and while we’ve already seen some very attractive ideas about what that could look like, concept designer Ran Avni has another notion: an iPhone 6 that keeps the stark classicism of the current monotone iPhone color schemes, but adopts a plastic back which borrows design elements from the iPad mini. It’s an interesting look, and very Apple-like, but only time will tell how close this is to what Apple actually delivers.

  • mCru21

    How is this “proof”?

  • requiemforaleo

    I don’t think anyone’s ever questioned as to whether or not a plastic iPhone 6 would LOOK nice and, although Apple products have a large emphasis on appearance, a phone made from plastic will never be able to match the high-quality feel that one made from metal has. I mean, even some Samsung phones actually look quite nice, but the moment you pick it up and compare it to an iPhone, it feels cheap.

  • dandy1117

    I don’t understand why people presume that a low cost iPhone MUST be made of plastic and not Apple’s preferred environmentally-conscious materials.

    Apple currently sells a 32GB iPod touch, made from (highly recyclable) aluminum and the retina display, for $299. Presumably, a 16GB iPhone– with those materials and specifications but with the additional of cellular hardware– could come in at the same retail price of $299 or $349, unsubsidized, and still maintain Apple’s margin.

  • Adrayven

    I don’t understand why people presume that a low cost iPhone MUST be made of plastic and not Apple’s preferred environmentally-conscious materials.

    Apple currently sells a 32GB iPod touch, made from (highly recyclable) aluminum and the retina display, for $299. Presumably, a 16GB iPhone– with those materials and specifications but with the additional of cellular hardware– could come in at the same retail price of $299 or $349, unsubsidized, and still maintain Apple’s margin.

    Yes, however, the iPod Touch is one of the lowest return on investment items Apple has. IF Apple wants to maintain the same percentage of profit, they need to make it cheeper. Aluminum is the first, obvious, things to take a hit.

    However, other things could also, such as previous years CPU/GPU, older screen tech, etc. In fact, most of the cost is not the case, but in the screen. That would be my first target, not the body / chassis.

  • CodiHandley

    In all seriousness, are they recycling the polycarbonate from the white macbook?

  • Andrew Newsome

    Wasn’t it proof when the iPhone 3G was released? haha

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