Intriguing concept videos of iPhone Air and curvy iPhone 6C take thinness to the extreme (with video)

“Here’s a new concept video for the next iPhone that takes thinness to an extreme,” Roger Cheng reports for CNET.

 
“The video from Set Solution offers its take on a theoretical “iPhone Air,” and another envisions an iPhone 6C (the C here stands for curve, not color),” Cheng reports. “The videos offer some beautiful renderings, particularly of the imagined iPhone Air, which it posits would be 1.5 millimeters thin at the top and 3 millimeters thick at the bottom, weigh 70 grams, and feature an edge-to-edge glass display.”

 

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

  1. Intriguing, but stupid concept. The shape is technologically impossible; screen borders are too thin (you have to have control wiring for the matrix at the edges).

    There is meaning in the “industrial design” part of Jonathan Ive’s title. Jonathan understands industry and technology, he does not come with nonsensical designs.

    1. what if the curve is about keeping these important “edges” inside the machine, with the “control wiring for the matrix” concealed inside the housing….. due to bent glass…. are you thiniking inside the box or what! (?)
      underestermator, i say

        1. sounds like you made up your mind
          end of story
          go home
          apple does not do that, instead they make the unfeasable happen.
          maybe not “curved” display, but right angle
          all the electronics in the sides as opposed the the front facing portion…..
          not technically feasable?
          was the iPhone unfeasable in 2007? YES! to people like you who looked at present tech…
          did you feel like a fool then too?
          if you doubt, you will feel like one again

          1. iPhone is and always was pragmatical design. Curviness in the way as depicted is a marketing gimmick which could not be made — it has no feature for users, nor it feasible to manufacture unless the size of device will be giant.

            1. Must admit pretty ugly and you are right curved that direction makes little sense for a phone. The whole phone would need to curve to even look elegant and that’s not considering practicalities involved.

            2. once again, if the phone looked like it does, with no edge because all the circuitry is in the sides of the display that goes down into the device, covered by liquid metal case, then edge to edge display is possible. Remember, a right angle is just a very tight “curve”, and would enable the holy grail of full on experience with no seams, the view on the screen would meld with the outside world with no edges to separate the phone from the other experience we call life.
              oh well you all just seem to dwell on what cant be done, or what you imagine this will look like…. you will learn….. apple is a homie dat don’t play dat.

  2. And here is the why? I would rather be thicker with more battery life per charge. What is gained by being curved or ultra thin?

    “Think Different” doesn’t mean not to “Think”.

  3. Nice design fantasies, but the phone display, electronics, connectors, and batteries actually require a little volume…

    It may eventually be possible to reach this goal. We have all witnessed Apple perform miracles of miniaturization, only to follow up in successive years with further size and weight reductions. But these concept videos take thinness to an extreme at the expense of credibility. These videos have no substance – they are simply advertising for Set Solution. Mission accomplished. Vaporware promoted.

  4. Garbage!!! These phones won’t work. Too thin, wrong kind of curve.

    If you curve your phone, it needs to solve a problem. Is there a particular problem that a curved phone can help? Not that I can think of.

    Any problems that are solvable by a curved phone, will cause additional problems elsewhere. IE: Curve phone to fit in your pants pocket, screws up the fit in your shirt pocket or even coat pocket.

    A phone (so thin as the air concept) has integrity and stability issues. Touch ID needs space to hold the sensors. Room for battery, etc.

    I would rather see technology develop for edge to edge displays, keeping the width and depth consistent, with past models.

    1. once again, if the iPhone looked like it does now, with no edge because all the circuitry is in the sides of the display that goes down into the device, covered by liquid metal case, then edge to edge display is possible. Remember, a right angle is just a very tight “curve”, and would enable the holy grail of full on experience with no seams, the view on the screen would meld with the outside world with no edges to separate the iPhone from the other experience we call real life.
      oh well, the consensus seem to dwell on what cant be done, or what they imagine a curved screen will look like…. They will learn….. apple is a homie dat don’t play dat… you will be surprised, again

  5. The only way you’d get a phone that thin is by all the components being directly soldered into one board, including the battery.
    And all those components would have to be even smaller than they are now.

  6. Fugly and it doesn’t seem at all practical. I personally think Apple has achieved a thin enough level on iPhones and iPads but that’s just my point of view. I would figure each attempt to make the next model thinner would drive up costs, not in materials but R&D just to save a few ounces. It doesn’t seem worth it. I’d prefer a thicker and heavier device with a longer battery life if a compromise had to be made.

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