Time for Liquidmetal? Claimed leaked photos of Apple’s ‘iPhone 6’ show crazy thin device

“The iPhone 6 has already been the subject of several concept designs and other mockups, but a French site claims to have obtained what could be actual leaked photos of Apple’s new flagship device,” Mark Spoonauer writes for LAPTOP. “And if they’re real, it looks like you may be able to floss with the handset.”

“Sporting rounded edges and a barely-there profile, the new images from French site Nowwhereelse.fr show an iPhone that has almost no bezel on the sides and a considerably taller display,” Spoonauer writes. “Perhaps Apple’s experimentation with Liquid Metal holds the key for a thinner but stronger iPhone. Another way Apple could be shaving millimeters could be its new camera design. A rumor has the company splitting the camera into two modules, one that would capture color and another light, which could take up less vertical room.”

MacDailyNews Note: These are not actually “leaked photos,” but renderings based on purported schematics (discovered by Macotakara) of an unreleased Apple iPhone.

"iPhone 6" renderings by Martin Hajek (source: Nowherelse.fr)
“iPhone 6” concept by Martin Hajek (source: Nowherelse.fr)

 
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43 Comments

  1. Since most people put their iPhones in some kind of case – often fat ones – why is Apple so obsessed with thin? Mine are in a bumper just so there is a less of a chance of dropping it. Maybe the strategy is to see how much easier they can make them to fall crashing to the floor so they can sell me another one. If so, that’s simply still another thing going terribly wrong under current management – a disregard for the real needs of consumers – something Apple once did as part of its remarkable culture that no longer exists.

      1. I am beyond careful with my iPhone. Having said that, I have dropped it a couple times, luckily with no damage. You are asking for perfection from everyone, good luck with that.

      2. I have never put my beautiful iPhones in cases and never will. I have an extended warrantee and have never used it. Yes, I have dropped them a couple of times but there is no way I will ever cover my iPhone with plastic.

        1. I go caseless as well

          You know, I’ve been thinking about your theory of risk-taking lately. It occurred to me that Apple is the biggest risk-taker of all.

          Apple risks their prestige and their customer satisfaction when they periodically unveil a radical alteration to something people love. They do that to move forward; whereas another company will keep playing what works for them, unwilling to tinker with a lucrative bottom line.

          And Apple risks the same when they DON’T unveil any radical changes, offering only incremental improvement.

          And they risk leaving money on the table by limiting the range of models to a number you can count on one hand.

          And they risk the company when they introduce something completely new, without certainty of its widespread adoption. Should the new thing fail, stars fall into the sea.

          True to your thesis, they take those risks and progress is made — for everyone.

          1. Going ‘commando’ with your iPhone is also a risk. The benefits are not really obvious but I do get to appreciate the beauty of the product and get to have a shallow phone profile in my front pants pocket. It slips in and out of my pocket easily for quick access.

            I also try to take a different route home every day just to learn something, use my brain and not get into a rut. Using my brain is fun even though many on this forum doubt the existence of that organ in my head.

            1. Different routes home, even? Sounds as though you might have read, and absorbed, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.

          2. True.
            This readiness to take risks was thoroughly explored by Kontra at counternotions.com, a few years ago but, sadly, that article is no longer in their archive. It was a seminal article positing that Steve Jobs effectively bet the whole company when Apple introduced the iPhone.

    1. Because thinner means it fits in pockets easier, even if the surface area is larger. My iPhone 5 is more comfortable in my jeans pocket than my “smaller” but thicker iPhone 4 was. Both have cases and it doesn’t make them much thicker.

    2. We know the ‘Jay Morrison’ nick, among others, means TROLLING! But I’ll nonetheless summarize the actual, meaningful arguments I know of for not obsessing over being as-thin-as-possible:

      1) Grip. Just as the phablets can reach the point of utter hilarity in the phatness, smartphones can get beyond-the-pale in their thinness. Thin is kewl up to a point. Then the thinness gets detrimental to holding and using the thing. There’s a sweet spot.

      2) Battery Life. Who couldn’t use more battery life? So shove more battery in the case already! That means a fatter phone size. But as long as the size is in the sweet spot, battery by all means please!

      BTW: My usual clue to phabulous phablet phanetics: If you can’t use your smartphone with just one hand, it’s NOT a phone any more, is it. Oops.

    1. Liquidmetal has almost nothing to do with thickness of device. Remember than iPod Touch is just above 6mm thick, aluminium is perfectly enough for that, the case is super thin anyway. LM would make it even thinner, but it is not the issue.

      LM’s main feature is it allows devices to be lighter than even aluminium with the same strongness. LM’s main issue is that prices of metals that go in to this alloy are many times higher than price of aluminium.

      So even if LM will be used in wide scale by Apple, it might come with iWatch, and, in best case, on flagship iPhone model that would allow such pricey enclosure.

      1. Actually, Lquidmetal is not as strong as several other forms of aluminum, and significantly less strong than steel or titanium.

        Liquidmetal is merely a casting process that results in very thin complex aluminum structures that don’t need expensive finish milling.

        I would very much like to see Apple go back to a stainless back chassis for its smartphones. Add enough volume for a battery that allows nonstop 12-hour use with everything on.

        1. LM is not process, it is a name for a variety of amorphous alloys. Some of them do contain aluminium, but it is a minor part (just over 10%), so LM’s price much more depends on zirconium (main metal in all versions of LM) and other metals, which cost much higher than aluminium.

        2. Liquidmetal was tested by NASA. It is 2 and a half times as strong as titanium, scratch resistant, corrosion proof, and bonds well. Your “facts” are completely inaccurate.

  2. I am less concerned with how the phone looks as to how it works in the sense that once you have gotten over the initial looks, you’re using the phone to extract the most value out of the software. Essentially if the screen is large, bright, and has a high pixel density, and the phone has a long battery life, this will have fulfilled almost all of the requirements for a smartphone. The distinguishing feature then becomes the software through which you interact with the phone.

    Ever since the switch to iOS 7, I find that my productivity has plummeted. I never use Calendar now because it’s in an unusable state. I rarely look at the other Apple designed apps like Notes because they’re so badly designed that the text is barely legible. The quality of software seems to have fallen to new lows. Apple better pull their finger out and get a proper software designer than someone bouncing around pretending to know something about software design when in fact he’s a total neophyte with a puffed up view of himself. Yes, it’s the Britisher I’m talking about, the bald one. Kick him out of any involvement in iOS 7.

    1. So switch to Android or Windows and stop posting here.

      You bitching like an angry, senile old man about changes that aren’t going to happen is a waste of time. I wouldn’t care if you weren’t posting on EVERY iPhone article, but give it a rest once in a while.

      TL/DR You’re a broken record, get better meds.

      1. It’s not bitching; it’s constructive criticism. And he’s right. Apple couldn’t have screwed up Calendar any more than they did. It truly sucks. Apple better start getting the message. Pretending it isn’t a problem won’t help.

        1. What the hell are you talking about? There was NOTHING at all constructive about that post. Constructive criticism, my ass.

          No, just like so many of the “iOS 7 sucks” rants (most of are written by the same couple of whiners), it basically reads, “iOS 7 sucks, Calendar sucks, Notes sucks, the rest of the Apple apps suck, and that stupid Jony Ive guy better fix it.”

          Same crap as an every other post on the subject. Not a shred of “constructive criticism” to be found.

      1. that’s what happens when they F-around and ruin things we loved and obsessed over ! Its hard to get over travesties such as the UI design and the look and feel of iOS 7.

    2. I already told you ‘Goat simulator’: The joke didn’t work the first time. Much as I like the game, much as I enjoyed you pointing out the game with your original trolling post, get over yourself already and change to yet-another-nick already! This one’s worn out.

      [BTW folks: For all we know, we only have ONE troll around here. He may simply be applying has manic-depressive obsession for destroying all Apple fanatics through the use of DOZENS of different anonymous coward nicks. This sort of situation is specifically why login accounts with real and verified user email addresses is a REQUIREMENT of all decent chat forums, such as MDN. If only WordPress would catch up with this fact. Until then, we’re stuck with this anonymous dickhead psychos.]

  3. What is the obsession of being thin. I do not know of anyone who cares and that goes for competitors phones too. Pure usability is what people want. If Apple could tout a three day battery they’d get dales mor than thin. Honestly who cares. That is why I feel they need to call a phone the iPhone PRO. One that could be used by the military let alone enterprise.

  4. For vast majority of humans on this planet, thin is more appealing than thick / fat. This applies to a wide range of things (as well as humans themselves). While on the conscious level we sometimes try to divorce ourselves from this concept, subconsciously, our perception will almost always skew our preferences to slim, sleek, thin. Even words we use to describe thin, vs. the words used to describe the opposite, have for the most part appealing, or positive association, vs. unappealing (if not outright negative) one.

    While there will eventually be such thing as too thin, generally speaking, thin is usually equivalent to sleek, slim, svelte, lean, lithe… (all with positive associations in our minds), vs. thick, fat, chunky, chubby, corpulent… (none of which sound all that appealing).

    We humans seem to be somehow hard-wired to perceive thin as attractive. It doesn’t help that the advertising industry (especially fashion industry) perpetuates this concept aggressively with unrealistically thin young models. Whatever the reason, this seems to be consistent across the world (with a few isolated pockets in some corners of the planet), so Apple isn’t really obsessed by thin any more than the rest of the world.

    1. When I got the first generation white iPod with the scroll wheel, I thought ‘man what a super design! how pretty and small it is!’ – and now, in comparison to an iPod touch 5th gen, it looks like a horrible shoebox. crude and like from a different era.

  5. Liquidmetal (LQMT) will allow Apple to build almost indestructible phones and there will be no need in the future for stupid cases. Love the thin design and makes sense since who wants something bulging out of your pocket besides desperate women lol.

  6. “A rumor has the company splitting the camera into two modules, one that would capture color and another light…”

    Umm, color is light, so this is an absurd statement.

    1. Not really. In order to deliver better image clarity at lower bit rates (or frequencies, in analogue video), image is divided into chrominance and luminance (colour and light) components. Since human eye can resolve brightness at higher precision than colour, luminance part of the image is sampled at higher resolution than chrominance component, thus saving bandwidth (or increasing resolution).

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