Apple, take notes…
As I was scrolling (pointlessly) through Twitter two days ago, I came across this video that showed off a concept for a possible version of the iPhone 7 (most likely to be announced in about two to three months). The concept was created by Arthur Reis, a man who seems to be quite the artist when it comes to technology. Check out his Flickr page to check out some of his other technological concepts. They’re pretty dope…
Anyways, here’s the video:
iPhone 7 😳 pic.twitter.com/mxMWYdejxW
— iOS 1O (@iOS1O) July 16, 2016
As you can see, he has some pretty interesting ideas for what the next iPhone should be like *cough* more like Androids *cough*.
In case you can’t watch the video, here are some of the highlights:
Like most iPhones these days, the design will be slimmer and thinner than previous iterations.
Unlike previous iPhones, the new iPhone (according to the concept) will be water resistant. No, that doesn’t mean that it can survive water submersion, but it’ll be able to easily handle spills and accidental drops into puddles (and toilets; we’ve all been there once or twice). Unfortunately, it’s unclear how the water resistance will be done, whether through external coverings or internal nano-coating. But this is something that I would like to see in the new iPhone.
Reis also proposes that the next iPhone should have an AMOLED display, which will be different than the Retina Display (read: glorified LCD) that Apple has used on its products since the iPad 4. In my opinion, the likelihood of Apple switching to AMOLED is low, since they’ll most likely be sticking with their Retina Display. But you never know…
Bluetooth AirPods by Beats
In case you haven’t heard by now, there have been rumors that the iPhone 7 will ditch the headphone jack entirely, instead relying on Bluetooth-connected earbuds. There have also been rumors of Apple and Beats by Dre (which Apple owns) working together on a new product called AirPods. This is Reis’ concept of what they could look like. I personally hope that they look like this, as I do admire the simplistic design philosophy used which would complement the iPhone perfectly. They could also match the color of the the iPhone, as seen in the video.
A feature that is becoming quite popular with most phones (and smartwatches) these is inductive charging. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s basically putting your phone/smartwatch on a special pad that will allow it to charge without having to plug the phone in. That would also be a welcome feature to the iPhone 7.
It’s unclear whether or not the AirPods will be able to be charged the same way, but its shown that they will be able to be connected together for storage. The connection is most likely via magnetism.
Force Touch on Home Button with Taptic Engine
Last, but not least, Reis suggests that the new iPhone should have the Force Touch as seen on the newest MacBook and Apple Watch. He’s not the only one; there have been many rumors that the new iPhone would have it. Essentially, it would allow you to access certain features of the iPhone 7 simply by how hard you press the Home Button. The Taptic Engine (the word “Taptic” simply being a hybrid of the words “tap” and “haptic feedback”) would simply give the user the illusion of actually clicking, since there wouldn’t actually be any real clicking involved.
Overall, I would be very pleased if I saw all of these features added to the iPhone. Although to be honest, it would also seem as if Apple would be simply playing catch-up, since all of these proposed features, except for the Force Touch, already exist on some Android phones. But either way, these are all great suggestions. Thank you, Arthur Reis, for your service to technology fanboys everywhere…
But of course, as usual let me know what you think about these additions. And don’t feel afraid to offer new suggestions!