The iPhone 6 concept artistes are at it again — pumping out new concepts for the 2014 iPhone 6 that continue to push the envelope for a larger screen. This new rendering takes previous concepts one step further, and tried to make good on previous rumors that Apple has prototyped an iPhone 6 with a 4.8-inch screen by shrinking the bezel and dramatically increasing the display vis-a-vis AMOLED technology.
Adam Mills at GottaBeMobile reminds us that:
The rumor didn’t come out of the blue. In late 2012, we first heard rumors of an iPhone 6 prototype with a 4.8-inch screen. No photos of these prototypes have emerged but this early model reportedly used a larger 4.8-inch display with a higher resolution Retina Display. And since then, we’ve heard analyst chatter about how a large screen iPhone could help the company compete in Asia, a key battleground, where devices like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note rule.
To be clear — this new image isn’t a “rumor,” just someone’s take on what could be the iPhone 6 for 2014. Whether or not Apple will follow through on the supposed 4.8-inch iPhone concept still remains to be seen (I’m doubtful that the screen size will change substantially), however, Apple could nudge up the screen size incrementally by deploying a design like this, which would use up more of the front of the device.
Hidden in the shadows of this photo is what is going on with the home button. For years now, prognosticators have obsessed over the iPhone’s home button, and, more than any other iPhone feature, it has frequently been earmarked for removal. Given Apple’s new-founded investment in the home button and its capacitive Touch ID fingerprint sensor, I think it’s safe to say that it will stick around for the foreseeable future.
As a result of this, the anchoring of the home button will have some degree of effect on how Apple designs the bottom of the iPhone 6. In the photo above, the home button doesn’t even seem to be present — and I don’t think that the artist left enough room to add it in.
For as much as an iPhone 6 concept like this seems like a radical departure from the current iPhone 5s, if you look closely, you can also see how the artist has kept the overall look and feel of the current iPhone, implying the mix of metal and glass that has become a standard for the iPhone.