Apple hasn’t said anything yet about any iPhone 6, nor will it until the fall (or whenever it actually announces it) but that hasn’t stopped the Internet’s collective imagination and curiosity from creating countless mock-ups of what the next generation of Apple smartphone will look like. Just this morning, we heard about how the iPhone 6 could have 1704×960 resolution for its display, which is 3x resolution compared to the original iPhone device. Here’s a roundup of the best guesses regarding the look and build of the new device to date.
Signs, including case designs being shopped on the usual wholesale Asian ecommerce websites, suggest that we’ll see a larger iPhone with a slimmer design, sort of like a shrunk down iPad mini. 9to5Mac has provided videos using physical mockups of gray and gold designs of the supposed iPhone 6, built based on specs reportedly received by case manufacturers with access to Apple’s upstream supply chain.
These show how it compares directly to a wide range of iOS devices, so you can get a good feel about how it should shape up to the iPhone 5s and any other Apple hardware. That is, if this even turns out to be an actual thing that’s real and not just the fever dream of a thousand Apple fanboys.
The high quality versions in 9to5′s videos represent the reported 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone, but there’s also now a physical version of the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone that’s also supposedly in development. It’s a crude, fan made 3D print, but it does provide some notion of how an Apple phablet might look compared to other gadgets designed for normal human hands.
On the less likely end of the spectrum, frequent Apple device mockup maker Martin Hajek has provided a concept of what a Nano-like iPhone 6 design might look like. It’s basically a Sony Xperia Z2 in a lot of ways, though, and almost definitely not what we’ll see in a final, actual shipping product from Apple.
If you’re in the mood for more fantasy, there’s this dual-screen iPhone 6 concept that shows what an iPhone with a screen on both the front and back might look like, complete with a 4K resolution display. The dual screen comes via a slide out back panel, which will never ever ever happen. Not in a million years, not if the dinosaurs came back from the dead.
Apple’s next iPhone will almost certainly make its official debut in September, as it has for the past few years, and we likely won’t find out what it’s definitely going to look like until then. But anticipation is a key part of each new hardware refresh cycle, so for the time being, let these visions of sugarplum fairies dance in your head and think about what’s on the horizon from Cupertino.