Apple Core


iPhone Air: 8% larger device - 17% larger display


Hi Folks,

I've just finished up work on a small concept video for the upcoming iPhone expected later this year.

iPhone Air Concept

I wanted to keep the core design of the iPhone very much inline with what customers expect from Apple. I have given the device the title 'iPhone Air' because Apple has demonstrated that they think the iPhone is a mature enough device to warrant two versions (5S and 5C) and I believe more distinctive branding, much like the iPad Mini and Air will help to reinforce the two product lines.

The Device

The phone is only 8% larger than the existing iPhone 5S, this increase is to accommodate the larger screen. Some extra space could be potentially utilised by reducing the width of the side bezels and by also slimming down the top and bottom of the phone frame too. The depth of the iPhone Air is 7mm, coming in 0.6mm smaller than it's predecessor. This modest reduction in the device depth and larger increase in the width and height could help create a bigger space for the battery and other components.

The Screen

The next iPhone is widely expected to sport a larger, higher resolution screen. This is an area of great contention as changing the resolution can cause major problems for developers to update their apps efficiently. I decided that 4.7" was an ideal size, supporting a resolution of 1920x1080, that's 468ppi (up from 326ppi in the iPhone 5S).

Sapphire Crystal display

The use of sapphire crystal as opposed to Corning Gorilla Glass has been widely rumoured in the past 6 months. The benefits of using Sapphire Crystal come mainly in the form of added strength/durability and added scratch/fracture resistance. It is not currently known whether the costs of producing the new display could be comparable to existing materials but it's been reported that Apple has been investing heavily in the production of this material, therefore it is not unreasonable to suggest it may be for use in the next generation iPhone.

Other features

I believe the camera sensor will be updated, perhaps to a 10-megapixel sensor and an increased aperture of f/1.8. Other features expected are a faster and more efficient A8 chip.

I've tried to be quite realistic with the concept but it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the video!