A new artist’s impression of what the new #iPhone 7 may look like indicates a surprising influence. This particular concept image suggests that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may draw inspiration from the iPhone 4. This classic version of the iPhone was released back in 2010, followed by the iPhone 4s one year later, was a very well received version of the iconic iPhone, and perhaps the point where Apple really began to dominate the smartphone marketplace. [Photos: difference btw iPhone 6s and iPhone 7]
iPhone 7 concept
So a concept produced by designers Ivo Maric and Tomislav Rastovac suggest that Apple may be strongly influenced by this handset, but that elements of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 may also be incorporated into the mix.
Apple has not exactly been known for releasing retro devices, with each new generation of the iPhone intended to deliver an entirely new experience. If Apple is to brand its next generation smartphone the iPhone 7, then it will be expecting to deliver something similar this time out.
However, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s are generally considered to be some of the most attractive and well-designed smartphones that Apple has ever been involved with. This is not small praise for a company which has come to completely dominate the mobile niche, with the iPhone 6 being the greatest success of the company yet.
Apple clearly expects the success of the iPhone range to expand still further in the future, as it has been reported that it will manufacture more units of the iPhone 7 in 2015 that even the vastly successful iPhone 6. But with just months to go until the device is released, the latest concept images produced by the Croatian designers indicate that Apple might consider instigating a significant design change when the iPhone 7 is released.
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Particularly notable in this iPhone 7 concept is its sapphire glass front. This is an element of the iPhone series that has been rumored for some time, and evidently these two designers believe that it will finally come to fruition with the iPhone 7. This would clearly make sense for Apple, as it has been reported for some years that the company has bought up industrial quantities of this substance. Additionally, Apple has already utilized sapphire glass in the construction of its recent Apple Watch smartwatch.
Aside from the sapphire glass element of the smart phone, Maric and Rastovac also believe that Apple could produced a glass-backed device for the iPhone 7. There is also a nifty metal frame encompassing the whole device, and in its totality the design creates a striking image. Apple is, of course, known for its outstanding design parameters, and the corporation would doubtless be impressed by the way that the glass and metal blends neatly within this concept image.
However, it is noticeable that the concept does not include any aluminum, which would seem to make the concept somewhat unlikely overall. An iPhone 7 featuring an entirely metal and glass construction may certainly appear attractive, but one also has to think of the practicalities of such a design. Such a build would be extremely fragile, and it seems extremely unlikely that Apple would opt for such a design considering the headlines that it inadvertently generated with the iPhone 6 and the infamous Bendgate scandal.
Indeed, one of the most widely rumored aspects of the iPhone 7 is that it will include a revolutionary new form of aluminum that was introduced in the Apple Watch, precisely with the intention of avoiding similar headlines this time out.
Other features imagined by the Croatian pair include a new Apple Dock for wireless charging and wireless transfers, an A10 processor, a 16-megapixel camera, and a quad HD Retina display. The introduction of a quad HD display will certainly make Apple fans sit up and pay attention, even if there has obviously been no confirmation from Apple at the time of writing.
A possible criticism of the iPhone range recently has been that the display included in the iconic device has fallen somewhat behind its most notable competitors. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) is the most obvious rival to Apple, and it has focused on including high quality displays in its mobile devices recently, and there is hope from the Apple-following community that Apple will follow suit with the iPhone 7.
iPhone 7 to be quad HD?
It is perhaps unlikely, though, that Apple would include a quad HD display in the smartphone version of the iPhone 7, considering that the last generation of the smartphone wasn’t even full HD in the smartphone-sized variant. Opting for a quad HD screen would represent quite a jump from Apple, and a more realistic prospect is a full HD smartphone, and possibly a quad HD version of the popular iPhone 7 Plus phablet.
Another interesting aspect of the concept is that the designers envisage that an Apple Dock will be included with the iPhone 7. This will enable consumers to wirelessly charge the iPhone 7, and connect multiple Apple devices. This would be another welcome innovation among fans of the iPhone series, particularly considering the fact that the battery life of the iPhone certainly hasn’t been praised in recent iterations.
In other reports related to the iPhone 7 this week, it has been suggested that Apple will dump the 16 GB base version of the unit. If Apple is intending to significantly increase the screen resolution of the iPhone 7 then there will be an increasing pressure placed on storiage, and it could be that the 16 GB model could be considered somewhat superfluous. It is instead suggested that the bargain basement version of the iPhone 7 will be a 32 GB device.
It is likely to be less than two months until we find out how accurate speculation about the device is, as a September 25 release date is looking likely based on leaks. In the meantime, Apple will be working on finalizing every aspect of its new iPhone 7 release, and the Croatian designers at least believe that the smartphone could have a retro feel when it is finally unveiled.