A frankly gorgeous rendering of the iPhone 6 is doing the rounds online today, raising the stakes for the real deal when it lands later this year.
Worked up by Phillip Ink and German site iPhone 6 de, the ‘what-if’ pictures depict a handset that incorporates a larger 4.5-inch edge-to-edge, bezel-free screen. That compares to the four-inch display that Apple's phone sports right now.
An all-new, all-lovely sleek design that’s slimmer and lighter than the current gen model is also very much in evidence, as are sky blue, navy blue red, black and green colour options.
In response to the savage criticism that the iOS 7 operating system came in for in some quarters, Ink has also rethought the look of the software that will power the phone.
So where Jonathan Ive’s official iOS 7 Photo icon featured what looked like a spyrograph drawing, the reimagined one is garnished with a cartoony panoramic scene of a mountain range.
That’s just the kind of cutesy touch that evidence suggests was anathema to the arch adherent of minimalism and skeuomorphism sceptic and that he purged from the platform.
Meanwhile, Game Centre’s icon goes from a venn diagram that doesn't seem to denote very much at all to something approximate to its previous look, with four quadrants each containing an object associated with different genres of games.
But while the chess piece, baseball bat and rocket ship make a reappearance in said quadrants, the target that was there previously has been replaced by dice, presumably to indicate that gambling games are part of Game Centre.
Apple is thought likely to showcase the real iPhone 6 in September. But unlike this reimaging of the handset, the next-gen phone is expected to stick fairly closely to the current model.
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