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A pair of reports on Saturday claim to reveal a bit more information about Apple's upcoming 4.7-inch "iPhone 6," with one comparing a widely circulated dummy of the larger handset against an iPhone 5s, while the other features 3D renderings purportedly from an Apple partner supplier.



In a set of pictures obtained by French gadget site nowhereelse.fr., a supposed dummy mockup of Apple's forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is pitted against a current-model iPhone 5s. A number of these supposed mockups have been making the rounds in China over the past weeks -- each bringing an increasingly high level of detail -- with the first pictured in late March.

Labeled as an "industrial model," the purported prototyping tool measures 138mm long, 67mm wide and 7mm thick. Previous speculation based on similar dummy models pegged a thickness of 6.1mm, which is the exact depth of Apple's iPod touch and 1.5mm slimmer the iPhone 5s. In a report last week, a different mockup was compared side-by-side to an iPod touch, illustrating the thinness of the latest dummy models.



As seen in the pictures above, the mockup sports curved edges, round speaker ports and a "softer" aesthetic more in line with the design style introduced by the original iPad mini. Like past renders and mockups, Saturday's version includes a round LED flash port, painted lines suggesting a segmented three-panel chassis design and protruding rear camera.

A separate report claims to show high-resolution 3D renderings of the 4.7-inch next-gen iPhone supposedly taken from Apple's supply chain. Posted to Chinese Apple forum Feng.com and subsequently spotted by GforGames, the images corroborate previous design detail rumors, including a side-positioned wake/sleep button, rounded volume controls, round LED flash, segmented rear panel and more.



With exact measurements shown onscreen matching those from the dummy model detailed above, it is likely that the schematic -- or one like it -- was used as a basis for the mockups floating around East Asia. This is not to say that the either are legitimate, but rather the two "leaked" bits of information are likely closely related.

Apple is widely expected to introduce two iPhone models in 2014, both of which are thought to boast larger screen sizes than prior models. Recent reports have claimed Apple's supply chain is ramping production of the smaller 4.7-inch version for a launch as soon as August, while a larger 5.5-inch "phablet" model is said to debut weeks or months later.
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Let just wait for September 1wink.gif
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That's better looking than the 5s. I'm thinking it'll be super-sexy in real metal.
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I'm very skeptical about these iPhone renderings. First the iPhone 4 and 5 are much more beautiful than this design. It doesn't even come close to these in terms of aesthetics. But most telling is the flash. "True Tone" dual-LED flash is used on the 5s. I can't see Apple taking a step backwards with this single LED flash. Perhaps it's an pod touch design?

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That's better looking than the 5s. I'm thinking it'll be super-sexy in real metal.
Not digging the wide painted lines on the back. I'm hoping the final product doesn't have that. Or the removal of the chamfered edges. Even the buttons appear to be missing chamfers. Everything looks like a step down from something luxurious. And this same site also has a leak of a black/slate model which seems odd considering Apple replaced the slate model with space gray with the 5S. Unless they found a way to produce a black case that doesn't easily show scuffs and scratches?
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Let just wait for September 1wink.gif
Judging by the rate of leaks and other info I'd suggest that the phones will come much earlier. They could announce at WWDC and ship a month later.
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Please Apple have the Apple logo light up on the back of the iPhone 6, like the MacBook Pros. That would be so cool.

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I'm not really liking these mockups personally. They seem to be more in line with all the other smartphones and not distinct at all. Now, granted they are all just rumored and what not. I like the square design of the 5/5S better than this rounded mockup. But, I still have 1.5 years left on my 5S so I won't be upgrading anyway.
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I'm very skeptical about these iPhone renderings. First the iPhone 4 and 5 are much more beautiful than this design. It doesn't even come close to these in terms of aesthetics. But most telling is the flash. "True Tone" dual-LED flash is used on the 5s. I can't see Apple taking a step backwards with this single LED flash. Perhaps it's an pod touch design?

I would agree, but why is there a mute button on the side then?

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Please Apple have the Apple logo light up on the back of the iPhone 6, like the MacBook Pros. That would be so cool.

The competition couldn't Beat that, yeah. (they even filled for a patent on the leaf in their logo)
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Please Apple have the Apple logo light up on the back of the iPhone 6, like the MacBook Pros. That would be so cool.

And kill battery life for no good reason.

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Like I said beforehand highly doubt we see 6.1mm on the next iPhone- likely that was the touch. 7mm sounds much more likely, as the camera wouldn't not protrude.

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Given the big deal they made about the 5c/5s still being able to work one-handed with the average thumb, I'm not sure it'll be as simple as "make-phone-bigger".  Once your fingertips are wrapped around the width of the current 4/5 frames, your thumb is kinda at it's limit.  Go another half inch and your thumb's arc becomes uselessly smaller when you grip a wider phone.  That also balances against the "thin-as-a-touch" rumors - the Touch supports two radios - BT and WiFi - the Phone supports four: cell, BT WiFi and GPS.  That's a lot for a battery that will have to go from a .30" to .24" case depth unless the unit gets correspondingly taller and wider, then you're back to the use issue.  It would be nice to get to a res on the phones that would allow for all-app horizontal use like the iPads do.  

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Those corners don't look like Jony Ive corners. They are irregular and but ugly. Ive wouldn't have something that looks like it was moulded from clay by a 5 year old.

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I'm very skeptical about these iPhone renderings. First the iPhone 4 and 5 are much more beautiful than this design. It doesn't even come close to these in terms of aesthetics. But most telling is the flash. "True Tone" dual-LED flash is used on the 5s. I can't see Apple taking a step backwards with this single LED flash. Perhaps it's an pod touch design?

I keep seeing people say this, but it makes no sense. Obviously the two-"LED" flash was an interim solution based on off-the shelf parts. Remember that these "LED"s aren't really LEDs—they're fluorescent lights that just happen to be pumped by a blue LED instead of a mercury-vapor tube. You can get any spectrum you want by using different mixtures of phosphors. A standard "LED" light like my little reading light in the bedroom has that big spike in the blue from the LED, and then a hump in the red and orange from the phosphor, with a gigantic slump in the middle—the overall effect is supposed to vaguely remind you of a blackbody curve for natural sunlight. Obviously for photography this is no good—Apple briefly supplemented that missing yellow and green with a second "LED", but obviously now they can acquire full-spectrum single units.

Maybe someday we'll have real LEDs that are bright enough so that combinations of red, green and blue can give us the LED lights we thought we were waiting for all these years, without the limitations of at most 4% efficiency and phosphor aging like these bogus "LED"s.
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Please Apple have the Apple logo light up on the back of the iPhone 6, like the MacBook Pros. That would be so cool.

 

Physically impossible and worthless for use.

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Well iphone 5 was already too long and could not fit a shirt pocket unlike iPhone 4. But this freaking monster is even longer. Just get rid of the bezels and make the finger print sensor built into the screen, and if the tech is not ready, keep the current screen size.
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Please Apple have the Apple logo light up on the back of the iPhone 6, like the MacBook Pros. That would be so cool.

 

Doing this would be great except that doing this would put an unnecessary drain on the battery. 

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Given the big deal they made about the 5c/5s still being able to work one-handed with the average thumb, I'm not sure it'll be as simple as "make-phone-bigger".  Once your fingertips are wrapped around the width of the current 4/5 frames, your thumb is kinda at it's limit.  Go another half inch and your thumb's arc becomes uselessly smaller when you grip a wider phone.  That also balances against the "thin-as-a-touch" rumors - the Touch supports two radios - BT and WiFi - the Phone supports four: cell, BT WiFi and GPS.  That's a lot for a battery that will have to go from a .30" to .24" case depth unless the unit gets correspondingly taller and wider, then you're back to the use issue.  It would be nice to get to a res on the phones that would allow for all-app horizontal use like the iPads do.  
That's what I think the side mounted power button is for. You press it once with your thumb then the screen display (the display on the screen, not the screen itself of course!) shrinks around it to the 4 inches of the current 5S allowing for one handed/one thumb operation as usual. Once you've finished what you need to do, you press the power button again and the screen display jumps back to cover the entire 4.7/5.5 inches of the next-gen iPhones.
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Please Apple have the Apple logo light up on the back of the iPhone 6, like the MacBook Pros. That would be so cool.

Doing this would be great except that doing this would put an unnecessary drain on the battery. 

They could fill the hollow of the logo with that really lingery phosphor they used to use on clock hands so they'd glow in the dark (for a while). Hopefully they could find some formulation that gave a different color than that pastel green....

EDIT: But they won't, because those phosphors are seriously poisonous—and they were worried about the little tiny bit of arsenic in glass.
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I keep seeing people say this, but it makes no sense. Obviously the two-"LED" flash was an interim solution based on off-the shelf parts. Remember that these "LED"s aren't really LEDs—they're fluorescent lights that just happen to be pumped by a blue LED instead of a mercury-vapor tube. You can get any spectrum you want by using different mixtures of phosphors. A standard "LED" light like my little reading light in the bedroom has that big spike in the blue from the LED, and then a hump in the red and orange from the phosphor, with a gigantic slump in the middle—the overall effect is supposed to vaguely remind you of a blackbody curve for natural sunlight. Obviously for photography this is no good—Apple briefly supplemented that missing yellow and green with a second "LED", but obviously now they can acquire full-spectrum single units.

Maybe someday we'll have real LEDs that are bright enough so that combinations of red, green and blue can give us the LED lights we thought we were waiting for all these years, without the limitations of at most 4% efficiency and phosphor aging like these bogus "LED"s.

You are confused.

The iPhone 5s's dual LED feature give the phone control over the color temperature of the flash. Any "white" light has a temperature between cool ("bluish" cast, like HID headlights, ~6500K) and warm ("yellowish" cast, like filament bulbs, ~3000K). Photographers know this, which is why they use gels (color filters) on electronic flashes to match the ambient color temperature of the environment. The iPhone 5s has a cool and warm flash lamp with the ability to mix the two in different ratios automatically. This is an alternative to using gels.

"Full spectrum" has nothing to do with this. It's a marketing term that doesn't say anything about color temperature. It means all wavelengths of light are emitted, not just red, green, and blue, which are the only 3 wavelengths that contribute to our perception of color. Lights marketed as "full spectrum" still have a (single) color temperature rating, which may or may not match the temperature of the ambient light when photographing a scene. So, it is not a solution to the color temperature problem.

My assumption is that two LEDs could share the same aperture, assuming Apple wants to keep this feature. Or these fake models made from fake leaked specs are wrong about that. A copy of an copy of a copy of an error is also an error. And there's a whole industry cropping up to supply websites like nowhereelse.fr their manufactured news.

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I am a frontrunning fanboi of whatever phone I think is the best. I sold my Iphone 5S for a LG G2. Comparing specs:

Iphone 6 render: 138.0 x 67.0 x 7.0 mm 4.7inch Resolution?
LG G2 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm 5.2inch HD

The LG G3, with full Quad HD is supposed to be just a little bigger. Come on Apple, ditch the bezels, do some creative thinking and stop being a slave to thinness. It's limiting your technology.
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I am a frontrunning fanboi of whatever phone I think is the best. I sold my Iphone 5S for a LG G2. Comparing specs:

Iphone 6 render: 138.0 x 67.0 x 7.0 mm 4.7inch Resolution?
LG G2 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm 5.2inch HD

The LG G3, with full Quad HD is supposed to be just a little bigger. Come on Apple, ditch the bezels, do some creative thinking and stop being a slave to thinness. It's limiting your technology.

Supposed to be? You mean you're not sure?

 

Frontrunning fanboi? You mean slave? :lol: 


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From the looks of it, this is about the overall length and width of an iPhone 5S with a Mophie Juicepack on it. I've definitely managed to use it one-handed, and I have average sized male hands. The big difference is the thickness of the Mophie. Delete that thickness, and it would be much easier to use than what I currently experience. 

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You are confused.

The iPhone 5s's dual LED feature give the phone control over the color temperature of the flash. Any "white" light has a temperature between cool ("bluish" cast, like HID headlights, ~6500K) and warm ("yellowish" cast, like filament bulbs, ~3000K). Photographers know this, which is why they use gels (color filters) on electronic flashes to match the ambient color temperature of the environment. The iPhone 5s has a cool and warm flash lamp with the ability to mix the two in different ratios automatically. This is an alternative to using gels.

"Full spectrum" has nothing to do with this. It's a marketing term that doesn't say anything about color temperature. It means all wavelengths of light are emitted, not just red, green, and blue, which are the only 3 wavelengths that contribute to our perception of color. Lights marketed as "full spectrum" still have a (single) color temperature rating, which may or may not match the temperature of the ambient light when photographing a scene. So, it is not a solution to the color temperature problem.

My assumption is that two LEDs could share the same aperture, assuming Apple wants to keep this feature. Or these fake models made from fake leaked specs are wrong about that. A copy of an copy of a copy of an error is also an error. And there's a whole industry cropping up to supply websites like nowhereelse.fr their manufactured news.

"Color temperature" is a meaningless term for any light source that can't be fitted to a blackbody curve, like a lot of fluorescent lights, including these bogus "LED"s. All a light has to be to be full-spectrum is provide three points (red, green, and blue) that define a blackbody curve. Remember blackbody curves are like circles—they're all the same shape, they differ only in size. So three points can define one, just like a circle, and the wavelength of its peak provides a unique "color temperature": The temperature of a blackbody with the same peak. The difference is, there are some combinations of three points that can't define a blackbody curve. Especially if there's more red and blue than green, like most "LED" bulbs. This is a completely unnatural, non-blackbody light that has no "color temperature".
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I am a frontrunning fanboi of whatever phone I think is the best. I sold my Iphone 5S for a LG G2. Comparing specs:

Iphone 6 render: 138.0 x 67.0 x 7.0 mm 4.7inch Resolution?
LG G2 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm 5.2inch HD

The LG G3, with full Quad HD is supposed to be just a little bigger. Come on Apple, ditch the bezels, do some creative thinking and stop being a slave to thinness. It's limiting your technology.

You mean it's limiting their specs. You are a fanboy of specs.

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That's what I think the side mounted power button is for. You press it once with your thumb then the screen display (the display on the screen, not the screen itself of course!) shrinks around it to the 4 inches of the current 5S allowing for one handed/one thumb operation as usual. Once you've finished what you need to do, you press the power button again and the screen display jumps back to cover the entire 4.7/5.5 inches of the next-gen iPhones.

 

Samsung has a feature similar to what you described. http://www.androidcentral.com/how-shrink-galaxy-note-3-s-display

 

Their implementation, at least, doesn't seem very elegant or Apple-like.

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I keep seeing people say this, but it makes no sense. Obviously the two-"LED" flash was an interim solution based on off-the shelf parts. Remember that these "LED"s aren't really LEDs—they're fluorescent lights that just happen to be pumped by a blue LED instead of a mercury-vapor tube. You can get any spectrum you want by using different mixtures of phosphors. A standard "LED" light like my little reading light in the bedroom has that big spike in the blue from the LED, and then a hump in the red and orange from the phosphor, with a gigantic slump in the middle—the overall effect is supposed to vaguely remind you of a blackbody curve for natural sunlight. Obviously for photography this is no good—Apple briefly supplemented that missing yellow and green with a second "LED", but obviously now they can acquire full-spectrum single units.

Maybe someday we'll have real LEDs that are bright enough so that combinations of red, green and blue can give us the LED lights we thought we were waiting for all these years, without the limitations of at most 4% efficiency and phosphor aging like these bogus "LED"s.
 
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You are confused.

The iPhone 5s's dual LED feature give the phone control over the color temperature of the flash. 

 

I think Mac-sochist was suggesting the technology may have evolved to allow a single LED to offer fully variable color temperature.

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I'm very skeptical about these iPhone renderings. First the iPhone 4 and 5 are much more beautiful than this design. It doesn't even come close to these in terms of aesthetics. But most telling is the flash. "True Tone" dual-LED flash is used on the 5s. I can't see Apple taking a step backwards with this single LED flash. Perhaps it's an pod touch design?

 

Uh, in your opinion. I, (and most other people I'm sure) believe they look gorgeous. They've kept the same general design since the iPhone 4- it's been 4 years. What the hell is wrong with changing things up slightly, even if the iPhone 4 design looks good? There still isn't a phone on the market that looks like the leaked renders anyway, and removing squared edges will definitely improve comfort and ergonomics.  Re Dual-Led flash, you're making alot of assumptions there. Maybe they figured out how to integrate the dual leds? 

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I am a frontrunning fanboi of whatever phone I think is the best. I sold my Iphone 5S for a LG G2. Comparing specs:

Iphone 6 render: 138.0 x 67.0 x 7.0 mm 4.7inch Resolution?
LG G2 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm 5.2inch HD

The LG G3, with full Quad HD is supposed to be just a little bigger. Come on Apple, ditch the bezels, do some creative thinking and stop being a slave to thinness. It's limiting your technology.

 

By your line of reasoning, a smartphone with a 7 inch screen would trump all the others simply because it's larger.

 

Your comment reflects the attitude of someone who DOESN'T get Apple, and who one might imagine has never even owned an Apple product.

The "specs vs. user experience" argument predates the first iPhone by many years, and anyone so unfamiliar with the concept is not qualified to proclaim themselves as an Apple advocate.


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I'm so getting one of these. I haven't lusted over a new iPhone for ages. Something tells me I'm not the only one either.

 

Fastest selling phone in history? Highly likely.

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Uh, in your opinion. I, (and most other people I'm sure) believe they look gorgeous. They've kept the same general design since the iPhone 4- it's been 4 years. What the hell is wrong with changing things up slightly, even if the iPhone 4 design looks good? There still isn't a phone on the market that looks like the leaked renders anyway, and removing squared edges will definitely improve comfort and ergonomics.  Re Dual-Led flash, you're making alot of assumptions there. Maybe they figured out how to integrate the dual leds? 


Agreed. The iPhone 3G and 3GS were considered a beautiful design (and still are by quite a few people).

 

I think a lot of folks are afraid to evolve.

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I like the design, but I think Apple is treading awfully close to HTC design territory on the back of the phone.  With the exception of camera placement, the designs are nearly identical.

 

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That's what I think the side mounted power button is for. You press it once with your thumb then the screen display (the display on the screen, not the screen itself of course!) shrinks around it to the 4 inches of the current 5S allowing for one handed/one thumb operation as usual. Once you've finished what you need to do, you press the power button again and the screen display jumps back to cover the entire 4.7/5.5 inches of the next-gen iPhones.

Samsung has a feature similar to what you described. http://www.androidcentral.com/how-shrink-galaxy-note-3-s-display

Their implementation, at least, doesn't seem very elegant or Apple-like.

Maybe they could have something like the sensors that Samsung uses for their "gesture control". They wouldn't have to be nearly as elaborate, just see which side or corner your thumb is approaching, and scrunch the display to that area—kind of like the "magnification" of the dock on a Mac. Personally, I always have that disabled, because it's supremely annoying, but maybe that's just me.
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I think Mac-sochist was suggesting the technology may have evolved to allow a single LED to offer fully variable color temperature.

 

Will evolve, not "may have evolved." Because he says "Maybe someday" it might exist.

And it has nothing to do with the iPhone 6 using this "maybe someday" technology, although the iPhone 6 could be called a "maybe someday" product! People seem to get the Photoshopped images of future iPhones "concepts" are just some artists fantasies, but show them a physical "model" made from "leaked" specs and they go apeshit salivating. I guess we're hardwired to believe what we see. Maybe Bigfoot is real, because I once saw a picture of it.

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You mean it's limiting their specs. You are a fanboy of specs.



 



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I like the design, but I think Apple is treading awfully close to HTC design territory on the back of the phone.  With the exception of camera placement, the designs are nearly identical.

 

 

Uh-oh. Maybe this can be turned into a LOL@APPLE pic for future forum wars. /s

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Maybe they could have something like the sensors that Samsung uses for their "gesture control". They wouldn't have to be nearly as elaborate, just see which side or corner your thumb is approaching, and scrunch the display to that area—kind of like the "magnification" of the dock on a Mac. Personally, I always have that disabled, because it's supremely annoying, but maybe that's just me.

 

Even Samsung's approach is an admittedly creative solution to a vexing problem. However, where Samsung is satisfied with any solution that accomplishes a particular goal, Apple holds themselves to delivering an elegant solution. It'll be interesting to see how that might play out.

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By your line of reasoning, a smartphone with a 7 inch screen would trump all the others simply because it's larger.

 

Your comment reflects the attitude of someone who DOESN'T get Apple, and who one might imagine has never even owned an Apple product.

The "specs vs. user experience" argument predates the first iPhone by many years, and anyone so unfamiliar with the concept is not qualified to proclaim themselves as an Apple advocate.

Ah, how easy it is to assume things incorrectly. Thank you for your perspective, however, I have owned an Iphone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, an Ipad 1,2,3 and currently have an Ipad Air. I also have an Imac and Mac Mini and am typing this on a Retina Macbook pro, not to mention 4 Apple Tv's. So, why don't you stop being so critical and look at the problem objectively.

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Making any assumptions about what Apple is going to do with their next generation iPhone is pure speculation at this point. Rendering design or product appeal judgements based on rumors and mockups is unbridled silliness. Any dummy with a decent CAD package and CNC can generate a proportionally upscaled version of the iPhone 5 design to fit into any screen size you'd want to speculate about. This is all fine and good assuming Apple is sticking with the same design aesthetic that started with the iPhone 4 which was subsequently stretched out a bit in the iPhone 5. For all we know Apple is moving to an entirely new design aesthetic for the iPhone 6. Maybe something more akin to the current generation iMac is a better reference point. But we don't know until Apple reveals their product and I am not making any assumptions whatsoever at this point. They've waited too long to jump into the jumbophone arena if all they have to bring to the party is a proportionally upscaled version of their current product design, that would win them little more than a Captain Obvious award. I think Apple has a bit more to contribute to the fray than what we all see as being obvious if they truly Think Different and Deliver Magic.

 

The really interesting thing for a bigger screen iPhone (which I completely welcome as my eyes aren't getting any better) is to see how they can deliver a bigger screen without sacrificing one handed operation. After all, users fingers aren't automatically growing longer to accommodate increasing screen sizes and the burden of designing apps to fit non integral scaling challenges is not going away either. I also shutter to think how automobile drivers who now fully dedicate one of their hands to smartphone use (the one that used to be used for turn signaling) will now adapt to a two-handed smartphone so now they'll be giving up the other hand as well, the hand that used to be used for the steering wheel will now be given over to their incessant texting and social networking lust. LOL.

 

My guess is that Apple will design some soft of a smart flick-of-the-wrist gesture that will allow you to anchor the on screen keyboard to the lower right or lower left of the device so you'll be able to continue to perform keyboard operations with a single hand. The same type of gesture could be used to scroll the app list to bring it closer to thumbability access. Instead of seeing the app icon grid as being something that's anchored in the upper left of the screen think of it instead laid out as concentric spokes emanating out from a central hub - which is your thumb. Each spoke is then a vertical stack/ring of icons along the spoke axis. This would allow you to slide your thumb horizontally left or right to rotate to a new spoke and flick the phone up or down to rotate vertically and change which app icons on the spokes are closest to the hub - your thumb. This would allow one handed app launching for either righties or lefties but you'd still have to be keeping your eyes on the device for app navigation. But at least you'd still have one hand and half an eye to keep your car pointed in the right direction and keep from getting impaled on a guard rail.


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