What's next for the iPhone design?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by v0lume4, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. v0lume4 macrumors 65816

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    Though the iPhone 6s was just released, I've been thinking--what sort of design is Apple going to adopt for the presumed iPhone 7? We've seen round iPhones, square iPhones, and now a hybrid of the two (the current 6 & 6S phones). In my opinion, the current iPhone design is the best yet. The curved glass gets me every time.

    Do you think Apple is going to try something radically different with the iPhone 7, or do you think they may revisit some of their previous design philosophies? I, for one, think that an iPhone with the design of the current iPad Air/iPad Pro could make for a mean-looking iPhone.

    There's only so much that you can do with the slab form factor. Thoughts?
     
  2. hutrebug macrumors regular

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    If you trim down the fat bezels, it will be perfectly fine to use a 5.5" phone with one hand.

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  3. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    I hope for minimalized bezels and the home button built into 3D Touch.
     
  4. v0lume4 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    True. Look at the Nexus 6--it has a hulking 6" screen, yet it's footprint is only marginally larger than the iPhone 6+, which has a 5.5" screen.
     
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I can't see them ditching the improved sensor for the next generation.
     
  6. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Please no.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I sure hope reducing the bezels is part of the thought process by Apple.

    I'm not sure why Apple has considered the ridiculous size of the bezels to be a selling point. Probably the same people who thought preschool primary colors, white and flatness was a great idea for iOS 7.
     
  8. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Because it's nice to hold when viewing things that are best in a horizontal format.
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    In fine with bezels myself. I'm even fine with the design, really. I would really like to see wireless charging though. That's just a convenience factor that would be really rather nice for me. In the brief period I had a lumia it was my favorite thing about it. Thinking of the lumia I would certainly love to be able to use the phone with gloves too. The 920 dos that relatively well (wouldn't be typing out a text but can swap music, activate cortina, etc)
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I agree with this. I watch enough videos, generally before bed, that I actually like the bezels. But I can see other points as well. The phone could theoretically be about an inch shorter. Thad definitely not nothing.
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I'm not advocating edge to edge screen (although I am a fan of that) but reducing the size of the bezels would be nice.
     
  12. mrex macrumors 68020

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    Rumours has told us that iphone6s might be the last aluminium phone and iphone7 might be something else including dust and waterproof...
     
  13. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    iPhone 8. I honestly don't think Touch ID will be implemented into the touch screen for the 7. I just don't think there's been enough time since they acquired the firm to do so. Especially with reports that Samsung is working on doing the same thing scheduled for a 2017 release. Apple also just revised Touch ID sensors for the 6S, I can't imagine them giving that up all within a year. It would be nice if they did since the iPhone design has been stagnant for a while.
     
  14. v0lume4 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I saw something about that too (here on MR actually). I hope that Apple doesn't abandon metals altogether. Perhaps they will finally do something big with that Liquid Metal company that they acquired? One can dream.
     
  15. hectorocks macrumors newbie

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    I think Apple is going to have an iPhone 4/6 mashup next year. Sapphire glass back and front with a rounded liquidmetal band.
     
  16. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    I guess i'm in the minority that likes the bezels.

    I know I'm not going to accidentally touch the screen.

    Personally, I like the 6 design the most. I wouldn't care if we even got a 6S 2, in terms of design.
     
  17. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Please God no.

    I absolutely hate the 4/4s design, particularly the metal band around the middle of the phone. If we get a 4/4s in the size of the 6/6s/6+/6s+ I'll hold off upgrading again just like I did to get my 5 instead of the 4s!

    <Shudder!>
     
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    Apple's long term plan is to have a bezel-free, button-free phone. This will begin with the iPhone 7 when they take away the Home button.
     
  20. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

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    They need to keep making it thinner.

    iPhone 7: Ninja Star
     
  21. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If that means the camera lens still continues to bug out, then no thanks. ;)
     
  22. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    I'd rather see them make it narrower and thicker with a slightly curved back. Fits better in hand and easier to use one handed. They also need to make it less slippery so a case isn't a necessity out of fear of dropping the damn thing.
     
  23. Rayy42 macrumors 6502

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    Before I got the Plus, I had an iPhone 6 as my personal and a 2013 Moto X as my work phone. The X had a 4.7 inch screen and barely any bezels. Fit perfectly in the hand while still having a large screen to enjoy.

    That would be nice if Apple could implement that design into the 7.
     
  24. JayIsAwesome macrumors 65816

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    Holy hell, that phone is terrible.
     
  25. iNinja08 macrumors regular

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    Surprised no one mentioned this yet - the 7 needs to have an OLED display.. this is long overdue and the dull blacks drive me nuts. Thinner upper and lower bezels, preferable a 4k display.
     

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