To this day, the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS hold the title of my absolute favorite smartphone design ever. There was something about those devices that just made them feel amazingly perfect when you held them in your hand. Apple kind of revisited the curved design with the iPhone 5c, but that device was running on year old specs — which are still admittedly good — and lacked the feeling a premium device would have. For all of its praises and accomplishments, the iPhone 4 and 4S and the design language which then carried over to the iPhone 5 and 5s, in a smaller form factor, really just didn’t stick out to me the way the design of the 3G design did.
Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 4-5s were all beautifully designed and crafted; they’re modern engineering feats, for sure. That said, there’s something about the squared off edges that don’t let it sit as well in your hand. Naturally, when I saw Apple’s original iPad Mini, with its curved edges, lend its design to the newest 9.7-inch iPad, the iPad Air, I got tremendously excited for the iPhone 6. My biggest iPhone 3G design complaint was that the devices were built with plastic, so when Apple showed that it was capable of curving the edges of unibody aluminum, I was sold.
Earlier this evening, Sonny Dickson, an Australian teenager who leaked the new iPhone 5c body and colors last year — as well as iPod Touch bodies — took to his Twitter account with some new leaks, which he claims are Apple’s iPhone 6. Moments after Dickson posted his images, 9to5mac got their hands on a slew of images that show an assembled phone that’s presumed to be a gold iPhone 6. The leaked photos show a redesigned iPhone body that’s eerily similar to the freakishly thin iPod Touch line. The frames look to be holding a larger edge-to-edge display, a repositioned front-facing camera, as well as Apple’s new TouchID fingerprint sensor.
Whenever we bring you any sort of rumor post here, we only post it if it carries some sort of legitimacy. With Dickson’s accuracy of leaks in the past, and a slew of images with better clarity coming from 9to5mac, we’re confident that this is at least a prototype that’s made it further into Apple’s testing labs than an early prototype would. Of course, these should still be taken with a grain of salt – we’re still about 8 or 9 months away from the launch of a new iPhone, so we aren’t resting on our laurels and accepting this as a sure thing. Whatever the case, this is exciting and I know I’m not alone when I say I am more than ready for Apple to abandon the design language they picked up with the iPhone 4 four years ago.