What you need to know
- This iPhone 13 concept is hotter than a hot thing.
- It features an iPhone with a sliding screen.
- But there's no way it's going to happen next year.
New iPhone concepts are always a good time and they don't all have to be realistic depictions of what an iPhone will offer the next time Tim Cook puts sneaker to stage. They can be outlandish and unlikely and that's definitely the camp this latest ConceptsiPhone joint falls into.
Featuring multiple cameras and a LiDAR Scanner, this concept starts out fine. But then we get to see the way the screen curves around the edge of the device itself, similar to how Samsung has been making phones for a few years. Except worse – can you imagine how many times the fleshy part of your hand would accidentally tap that thing?
But things look up when we get to see the sliding mechanism that reveals another display, waiting to be used. It reminds me of countless phones that have tried similar things with limited success. But if Apple tried it – surely things would be different, right?
Well, maybe. But the chances are slim-to-none that we'll find out within the next few years and are sub-zero in terms of next year. Still, it doesn't hurt to dream, does it?
The concept doesn't go into detail about what that sliding screen could offer, but a larger landscape keyboard immediately springs to mind as does on-screen controller functionality for games. Imagine what all the amazing iOS developers could do if they were given two screens to play with.
Hopefully, one day, we'll find out!
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
If that slide out was a physical keyboard I'd be all for it. And yes, I can hear the laughter, I know pigs will fly before Apple puts a physical keyboard on an iPhone
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