Drool Over The 5.1-Inch iPhone Air With Edge-To-Edge Retina Display 2

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We’ve seen concepts of the iPhone Air before, but I can’t think of one I like more — or that I think looks more plausible — than Joseph Farahi’s 5.1-inch iPhone 6 concept. This actually looks like a device Jony Ive could design.

Extremely thin — yet not so thin that it would be structurally weak — Farahi imagines the iPhone 6 has featuring a 10 megapixel camera capable of recording 4K video, a 5.1-inch display, and a new Lighting 2 connector that is faster than the previous one. That’s certainly possible, given that Lightning was designed to be adaptable to new technologies without physical changes. I’m not sure about this “Retina Display 2’ with RGBY pixels, though. RGBY is a real thing, made by Sharp, but tests have shown that it can’t show any colors that regular displays can show… although that may be because there’s simply no media out there that actually contains information on the yellow channel. Seems like a sketchy tech for Apple to embrace, frankly.

What I like most, though, is the edge-to-edge display. Concepts oven feature bezel-less iPhones, but they’re always wildly impractical: you just can’t have a display that reaches the edge like that right now. Farahi’s edge-to-edge display has just enough bezel that the iPhone 6 looks like it would still be structurally sound, but it’s still almost imperceptible.

What do you think? Do you like this concept? Let us know in the comments.

  • adology

    Don’t want a thinner iPhone. Use the space for a bigger, longer lasting battery.

  • Shaun Green

    I really like the fact that it’s one solid colour front and back. All black, all silver or all gold. That looks so much nicer than the current two tone iPhone.

  • MacAdvisor

    “This actually looks like a device Jony Ive could design.”

    Yep, something that looks it will be heavily damaged upon contact with reality. The slightest fall on to any hard surface and that thing will have a good dent, if not a shattered screen and be completely unusable. Seems a standard Ive design to me. These phones should be design with a rubber bumper around the edge to absorb shock with a raised edge to protect the screen. In good design, form follows function, not form follows what would look good in the next version of Mission Impossible.

  • kwade

    Don’t want a thinner iPhone. Use the space for a bigger, longer lasting battery.

    I’d like it to get a little thinner, maybe not this far, but i’m assuming the components inside will get smaller too allowing for a larger battery so win win.

  • Gregory Wright

    So, there are complaints the 5s is susceptible bending, guess what will happen when you put this little darling in your back pocket.

  • robraden

    Edge to edge won’t work with a case, and your fingers will constantly be bumping the sides of the screen when you hold it.

  • EpicTea

    Im an android user and even im drooling…

  • volkward

    Looks awesome. But the comparison of thickness at 1:28 is (deliberately?) misleading. The concept iPhone 6 looks almost half as thin compared to the 5s, but the numbers say 6.1mm vs. 8.1mm. Besides that, great job :)

  • CharilaosMulder

    If you look closely on the 5/5s, the front glass with the display pops out of the aluminium frame (surrounded by a little plastic edge). I’d like it to fit nicely inside the aluminium casing, just like on the iPad. It would make the iPhone thinner without sacrificing on the headphone jack and the internal speaker. And it won’t be too much of a sacrifice on the camera and battery.

    Would be awesome if the back plate was made of glass. The aluminium design seen here, although very nice, isn’t quite possible because there are no separators for the dynamic antennas.

  • ellipticalJJ

    That looks like the most painful thing in the world to hold in your hand, like a knife.

  • markymac

    Looks cool but my money’s on the iPhone 6 taking design cues from the iPad Air and iPad mini.

    What’ll be more interesting is if Apple dubs this the iPhone Air and decides to drop the numbering scheme and start anew with the iPhone Air; then iPhone Air 2, 2s, 3, 3s, etc.

    How long can they carry on with a standard numbering scheme? I’m not sure the iPhone 14s sounds sexy or compelling. There’s been over a dozen James Bond films but you don’t see “James Bond 19: Kiss Me When I Die”.

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  • calmasacow

    that might be the most impractical of all of these concepts to date.
    1: You could only put a 4K camera on there if you are going to make the base model 128GB. Aint gonna happen

    2: Mini Aux. So now every thing has to get a new connector for headphones. Not likely to happen.

    3: Lightning 2. Yeah abandon the port you just made everyone switch too 2 years later and make a whole new standard. Brilliant!

    I really wish these people would put a little more thought into their designs.

  • calmasacow

    that might be the most impractical of all of these concepts to date.
    1: You could only put a 4K camera on there if you are going to make the base model 128GB. Aint gonna happen

    2: Mini Aux. So now every thing has to get a new connector for headphones. Not likely to happen.

    3: Lightning 2. Yeah abandon the port you just made everyone switch too 2 years later and make a whole new standard. Brilliant!

    I really wish these people would put a little more thought into their designs.

  • scottalias

    4K video, but still not even stereo audio?

    The iPhone is thin enough, if you want me to buy another iPhone, you will make one with a battery that lasts all day, every day.

  • Yahya LAm

    Hi, new iPhone Air concept with three differnt sizes: Mini, Air, and Pro
    http://iphonphone.blogspot.nl/2014/02/iphone-air-concept-with-three-different.html

  • Gregory

    I actually don’t want the iPhone to be any thinner. I want it to have some substance to it, you know?

    I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the camera specs. 4k at 500fps? It’s a phone. The average person does not need a 4k camera.

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