iPhone 6

Design exploration what a future iPhone 6 might look like.

Peter Zigich

iPhone 5 is still the best looking phone today.
Competition is not standing still. Some nice "premium" phones are coming out from other companies.

It makes me wonder what will Apple do to stay on top, and beat out the competition.

This is how I imagine next iPhone 6

3 key areas next iPhone has to address:

  • improve its already spectacular design of iPhone 5
  • compete with cheap smartphones 
  • compete with large screen smartphones (phablets). 

Home Button

It has been there since the first iPhone. 

The physical Home Button is one of the best design features of the iPhone, but it takes up a lot of space at the front.

How about moving Home button to the side?

We could end up with bigger screen or a smaller phone. 

Two Home Buttons, one on each side. 

With Home button on the side there's room to add another row of icons, while physical dimensions remain the same as iPhone 5.

Closeup of the side Home button 

Feature two Home Buttons, one on each side, instead of one.

More possible functions combining left & right Home buttons with single, double, triple click. (Example: double click left Home button then single click right Home button; or press left & right at the same time, etc).

iPhone 6 same dimensions as iPhone5
H x W x D - 124mm x 59mm x 7.6mm 

I estimate it would cost the same as iPhone 5 $650 without a contract ($200 with two year contract).

Side view 

Is one iPhone enough?

Apple has 4 iPods (Touch, Nano, Classic & Shuffle), and 2 iPads (iPad & iPad mini).

Why Not 3 different iPhones?

Size comparison from left to right

iPhone 5, iPhone 6 Mini, iPhone 6, & iPhone 6 XL 

iPhone 6 Mini

Cheaper, smaller iPhone to compete with cheap Android phones, aimed at developing and prepaid markets.

Same premium materials as "flagship" iPhone, but with a smaller screen.
Screen is the same size as iPhone 4.

I estimate it would cost $350 - $450 without a contract ($0 - $100 with two year contract).
More expensive than some hope for, but the same happened with iPad mini.

iPhone 6 Mini - screen is same size as iPhone 4

H x W x D - 96.5mm x 59mm x 7.6mm 

iPhone XL - Large screen iPhone

There is a significant demand for a larger screen iPhone. 
Bigger Screen would allow for 1 extra row & 1 extra column of icons.

Same premium materials as "flagship" iPhone, but a larger screen.
Perfect for one handed use unlike ridiculously oversized Samsung Galaxy Note.

I estimate it would cost $750 - $900 without a contract ($300 - $400 with two year contract).

iPhone 6 XL - larger screen, perfect for one handed use

H x W x D - 137mm x 70mm x 7.6mm 

Size comparison, from left to right
iPhone 6 Mini, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 XL 

Side view, size comparison,
iPhone 6 Mini, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 XL 

3 very different iPhones 

Multiple screen size options for different segments of the market.
More choices for customers.

iPhone 6 Mini, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 XL 

What about iOS?

There are some things about iOS that drive me crazy. Finding Apps on the phone is getting more complicated.

The average iPhone user has 100 - 150 Apps on their device.

Users are just overwhelmed with the amount of Apps installed and they end up hidden away and forgotten.

It's necessary to rethink core UI — from a user experience perspective.
iOS has not fundamentally changed since it was introduced in 2007, and its starting to show its age.

There must be an easier way to find Apps on the iPhone 

I came up with a cool concept of how to find, organize, search and choose App in easy and intuitive way. In a few easy clicks users can, narrow the search for the right app on ther phone (even if you have 1000 applications installed). I call this process "Distill" - purify, extract essential elements.

This is still work in progress. I will post more info on it in the near future.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Mini & iPhone 6 XL 

Size comparison

iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Mini & iPhone 6 XL 

This is my vision of the next iPhone.

Let me know what you think.

Next project: One thing Apple TV is missing to become more than a hobby.

Peter Zigich
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