As we settle gently into the part of the year known colloquially as ‘When will Apple launch the iPhone 5?’ it’s normally the case that more and more wannabe Jonathan Ives flex their design skills on mockups of their own. Thing is, we think we’ve just found the best of the lot.
Antonio De Rosa, of ADR Studios in Italy, has a history of rendering some pretty stunning iPhone designs, but it’s his level of detail that really sells it: he doesn’t just stick with one render, he creates a whole series, and then plonks it into a fake version of the Apple Store to boot.
This latest piece has been named not iPhone 5, but the ‘iPhone Plus’ and looks to us like a cross between the current iPhone and a Sony Xperia S. In a good way. De Rosa’s seen fit to stuff his imaginary phone with the following imaginary specs:
There’s a Liquidmetal, thermoformed body, 4.3-inch Retina Display and A6 quad-core processor. Bit ambitious, but it goes on: that’s wrapped up by a 10-megapixel camera, a pico projector and a capacitive home button. All that and it’s very, very slim.
We’d foresee some arguments between De Rosa and the engineers if this were actually going ahead. Also, it’s probably best to keep De Rosa away from Apple’s marketing team: his slogan of ‘Liquidmetal, solid dreams’ conjures up all the wrong images. Still, it’s a pretty shiny thing, and we like looking at pretty shiny things.
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