While many of us are just dreaming about iPhone 4, released not long ago, and speculating about iPhone 5 before its debut expected in June 2011, designers are busy developing already the device of the sixth generation. This time Georgian designer Archil Vardidze shared his phantoms of imagination concerning Apple’s future product. In his concept, the author goes even further than we could probably imagine, leaving behind all the current innovations. And if there ever were a time for the iPhone to impress its potential buyers, now the hour of triumph is coming for them.
According to rumors, Apple is going to present iPhone of the sixth generation to the public in July 2012.
With every new debut of Apple’s product, the questions asked by each iPhone lover are the following: What are the new added features? What are the highlights of design? What is the awaited date of the debut?
For the moment, not much information about the details of future device has leaked into mass media. Vardidze doesn’t disclose any exact characteristics of the device but the basic concepts are already known.
If the Georgian concept suits Apple’s taste, next year we will see the Virdadze’s brainchild with the following distinguishing features:
- A “green” iPhone? Yes, now it’s becoming possible! Having a graphene touchscreen (method of growing graphene coating directly on glass surface allows to add the glass high water- and dirt-proof qualities, due to which water drops and dirt particles won’t stay on surface and will roll down), and ORB (organic radical battery which does not contain any of the heavy metals that pose the problem of proper disposal), the iPhone 6 might become the most environmentally-friendly iPhone we could ever dream of.
- Improved battery. The iPhone 6 might be the first to use the organic radical battery (ORB) technology developed by Japan’s NEC, which is more environmentally-friendly than usual lithium ion batteries that contain dangerous heavy metals. ORB is also famous for its amazingly fast recharge time (about 30 seconds) and higher energy density (ability to pack more power into a smaller battery). These prototype ORB maintain nearly full capacity, even after repeated charge-discharge, due to anodes that feature the same carbon material as lithium-ion batteries. The new Organic Radical Battery also produce 1.4 times more output than existing units due to the development of new highly conductive cathodes. Moreover, these ORB are the size of a coin, 0.7 mm thin, and boast a capacity of 5mAh.
- Faster chip. iOS 6 will also debut approximately at the same time, and with each successive Apple mobile operating system, advanced complexity and new updated features affect the processor not in the best way slowing down its work. In iPhone 6 we will expect a chip faster than the 1 GHz chip, or even a dual-core processor which would be a pleasant surprise for users.
- Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip. Debuted on the Samsung Nexus S and most likely implemented on the iPhone in the 5th generation product, this latest hardware addition enables contactless communication between a phone and devices which are also embedded NFC capabilities. This will lead to possibility of paying via credit card by holding your phone over a terminal for a second, or paying for things from vending machines using your phone. This technology is similar to Bluetooth. The difference consists in using less energy and establishing a connection far more quickly (but at a much closer range – a few centimeters away instead of meters away).
- 4G. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 are belatedly available on Verizon in the USA, but 4G (LTE) won’t be available until AT&T releases its own 4G service (HSPA+) nationwide, which expected in the end of 2011 at the earliest. The iPhone 6, debuting in 2012, will obviously be the first 4G phone available on both US carriers.
- Improvements of the form. Apple always attaches a huge amount of importance to the sleekness of its products. The iPhone 6 will be no exception from this rule, with ultra modern, lightweight, and thin design. As predicted by Virdadze, representatives of the sixth generation of iPhone will be the thinnest you’ve ever seen (some jokers might compare iPhone 6 with women’s pad by its thickness)! So we are looking forward to new surprises in terms of shape and, especially, materials, as Apple wants to push the envelope and fend off attacks from Android handmakers, its main competition. The look of the Home button will also change and it will make it look as if it has push levels, possibly for more than one command.
- More memory. The iPhone app store is not going to abate in popularity by any means, and without SD card memory expansion in Android phones, Apple will update the phone storage options available. Variants 64GB and 128GB are expected in iPhone 6.
- Better camera. Obviously, the iPhone 6 will be the first iPhone to cross the 10 million pixel threshold with its camera, which is no coincidence as high-resolution images have always been a distinctive feature of Apple’s products.
- Larger screen. While the idea of an iPhone 6 combining both iPhone and iPad characteristics is appealing in theory, the question remains: what will be the size of iPhone 6‘s screen? In many ways, the iPhone 5 could be a test-run for a larger screen — if it turns out to have a 4-inch screen and users like that size, the next step could be to outfit the iPhone 6 with an even larger screen. Will we see the device with huge 6-inch screen, or it’s just a rumor? Let’s arm ourselves with patience until July 2012…
- Improvements of the case material. The glass back used in the fourth model of liPhone has had too many breakage incidents. To avoid these in future and to prove once again the environmental friendliness of the new device, the producers decided to use more advanced, naturally-sourced plastics in the case. For example, isoplast polymers might replace the previously used polycarbonate case manufactured with BPA (bisphenol-A).
All you’ve read sounds fantastic? Well, Archil Vardidze doesn’t think so creating the smartphone of the future… And we have no choice but wait until the debut…