Later this year, Apple is more than likely going to launch three new iPhone models. Two of which may boast OLED displays and triple rear camera designs. But will Apple change the overall design compared to the iPhone X/XS? One designer believes it’s possible.
When Apple refreshed the iPad Pro, it brought with it a very familiar design philosophy, obviously inspired by the iPhone 5 (and iPhone SE) but modernized in a nice way with minimal bezels. And now we get to look at what that might mean for the iPhone lineup thanks to designer Gunho Lee. Lee has put together a concept video showcasing not only the “iPhone 11”, but also the “iPhone 11 Max” and the “iPhone 11 R” as well. Each of which has a design that’s reminiscent of the newest iPad Pro, with plenty of familiar iPhone trappings for good measure.
We get to see USB-C adopted by this design as well, something that is far from a guarantee even in 2019. Lee also envisions what he thinks Apple could call “AirBattery”, which would attach to the back of the iPhone magnetically and offer up additional battery life. Meanwhile, on the back, there is the triple camera design that extends the vertical design of the double camera in the iPhone XS and XS Max. Interestingly, the flash in this concept has been built into the frame of the camera housing, rather than a separate section for the flash.
This concept video also includes showcasing how the oft-rumored reverse wireless charging could work. Apple has Split View on the iPad lineup, and Lee envisions how that could work on the iPhone, albeit with smaller apps.
The star of the show, though, is the “iPhone 11 R” which puts the same squared edges on the successor to the iPhone XR:
Here is the video, which also includes a concept for iOS 13 as well:
The moment Apple showed off the design of the 2018 iPad Pro, I knew it was a design that would be perfect for the iPhone (again). The question, of course, is whether or not we see Apple veer off the design started with the iPhone X so soon, or if we have to wait until 2020 to see a redesign of the hardware.
Would you buy this design?