iPhone 13 concept dumps square edges for wraparound screen

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An iPhone 13 concept concludes a wraparound display and virtual buttons
Consider a portless and buttonless iPhone 13 with a wraparound screen.
Photo: ConceptsiPhone

A concept artist imagines Apple taking the 2021 handset in a very different direction, with a screen that wraps around the sides, top and bottom.

Watch their iPhone 13 concept video now to see how it would look.

The video is from ConceptsiPhone, a YouTube channel that gives artists a place to show off Apple-related concept art. But the idea for an iPhone with an wraparound display comes from Apple itself. The company applied for a patent for a handset with this design in February 2020.

The primary advantage is obvious: more screen area without increasing the overall size of the handset. Instead of physical buttons, the artist behind the new concept video put virtual ones on the edge of the display.

Neither of the wraparound-screen iPhone designs includes space for a front-facing camera or Face ID scanners. Theoretically, these sensors could go under the display but the tech for this hasn’t been fully developed yet.

And while the concept model doesn’t include a Lightning port, this could be replaced with wireless charging.

And an iPhone 13 Pro concept thrown in

The concept artists imagines the model with a wraparound screen as the iPhone 13. They also propose an iPhone 13 Pro with a much less ambitious design. This would be a moderately improved version of the iPhone 12 Pro, with the same square edges and physical buttons.

The only major changes would be a smaller screen cutout (the notch) and a four-lens rear camera. No specifications are proposed for either concept device.