It's concept season again, and a particularly interesting vision for Apple's iPhone 6 has emerged
With little known of the real iPhone 6, talented artists have set about exploring the potential directions that Apple could follow with its next-gen iPhone(s), and a series of recent renders drafted by artist Peter Zigich show what the public could be looking at should Apple decide to launch the ‘next’ iPhone in three flavors, rather than the one that users have come to expect.
In his designs, Toronto-based designer Zigich chose to move the device’s home button from the façade of the device, placing it on the side of the chassis instead; freeing up more potential screen space on the front of the smartphone’s body, but stopped short of any radical changes to the device’s refined aesthetic, instead choosing to highlight the company’s need to compete across three potential markets, rather than concentrate solely on trying to re-invent the wheel in one.
In his concept Mr Zigich envisages a release of three new iPhones, each catering for a specific demographic, offering different base specs and price-points, ranging from a premium, high-end iPhone XL, which would have Samsung’s Galaxy Note series in its sights, to an ‘iPhone Mini’, a cheaper, smaller screened device.
The ‘cheap’ iPhone idea isn’t anything new; in fact there have been myriad rumors in recent weeks linking Apple with a cheaper iPhone, and so-called ‘in the know’ sources have all but staked their shirt on Apple launching a cheaper phone aimed at maturing smartphone markets in South East Asia.
The observation that Apple needs to take-on Samsung in its phablet category is an astute one though. The company’s iPad Mini, with its 7.9-inch screen, is considerably larger than the current iPhone 5, which only offers a 4-inch display, and that area in between has been shown to be especially fertile, as users look to get the best of both worlds out of one, high-end device.
Whether or not Apple will explore this potential market remains to be seen, but it is vision such as that being shown by concept artists that OEM’s need to mirror, if they’re to stay current and continue drawing people’s reportedly waning interest.
As for Apple, it’s next device, be that an iPhone 5S or an iPhone 6, is expected to see the light of day this summer and, as you’d expect, we’ll be hot on the device’s trail as soon as any concrete information breaks cover.