Top 15 iPhone 5 and iPad 3 Concept Designs: Beauty Imagined

Eager to see how Apple refreshes its phone and tablet? These designers offer a gallery of well-designed suggestions for the next generation of Apple's popular products.

Imagination Running Wild

The iPhone 5 is widely expected to arrive sometime in September. Or it may appear in October, depending where you’ve heard the rumors about it. But Apple has not actually said when the iPhone 5 will arrive, or even confirm its existence.

With no word from Apple, designers have let their imagination run wild and came up with some amazing concepts for the next-generation iPhone. iPad 3 concepts are not in short supply either, so click through for some of the best designs for this next-generation vaporware.

iPhone Pro 

iPhone Pro

The iPhone Pro concept from Italian design firm ADR Studio has a MagSafe connector for easy charging, a bigger display, and the power button at the top back.

Photo: ADR Studio

iPhone 5G 

iPhone 5G

The iPhone 5G concept from French design studio NAK features a rounded top and bottom and comes in four color options, like the iPod Nano line.

Photo: NAK Studio

iPhone Full Screen 

iPhone Full Screen

The iPhone 5 concept by Alternative Industries rocks a 4.5-inch edge-to-edge display, has no home button, features an integrated SIM, and is only 4mm thick.

Photo: Alternative Industries

iPhone Evolution 

iPhone Evolution

Polish design studio Midsailors have taken an incremental update approach to the iPhone 5, adding an iPad-like metal back and contour, while the front and side remain similar to the iPhone 4.

Photo: Mindsailors

iPhone Air 

iPhone Air

Federico Ciccarese has merged an iPhone 4 with a MacBook Air, resulting in their love child, the iPhone Air.

Photo: CiccacareseDesign

Glossy iPhone 5 

Glossy iPhone 5

The glossy iPhone 5 concept from Moldavian designer Roman Sima showcases a plastic-covered iPhone, which could make the device lighter overall.

Photo: Roman Vladimir Sima

Glossy iPad 3 

Glossy iPad 3

Roman Sima also designed a concept for a glossy iPad 3, to match its iPhone 5 counterpart, with a slightly rounder profile and corners, compared to the iPad 2.

Photo: Roman Vladimir Sima

iPad 3 Meets iPhone 4 

iPad 3 Meets iPhone 4

The iPad 3 concept from Guilherme Schasiepen has an iPhone 4-like glass back, as well as a metal band on the sides.

Photo: Guilherme Schasiepen

iPhone 5 (S) 

iPhone 5 (S)

Guilherme Schasiepen’s iPhone 5 concept is also in keeping with the current iPhone 4 design, but adds ‘invisible [light, proximity] sensors’ at the top, a 4-inch screen, a FaceTime HD camera at the front, and an 8-megapixel shooter on the back.

Photo: Guilherme Schasiepen

Mood LED iPhone 5 

Mood LED iPhone 5

This iPhone 5 concept from Kazi Shahriar Ahmed of Bangladesh has an LED in the home button that blinks white when there’s a notification, green for an incoming call or charging, or red when the battery is low.

Photo: Kazi Shahriar Ahmed

Slide-up iPhone 5 

Slide-up iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 concept from Joy Studios features a larger, 4.2-inch display and lacks a home button, which is replaced by a touch-sensitive area (slide up to open the multitasking menu).

Photo: Joy Studios

Curvy iPhone 5 

Curvy iPhone 5

This iPhone 5 concept comes from designer Pietro Schirano, who said he was inspired for this mockup by the wildfire of current iPhone 5 rumors.

Photo: Pietro Schirano/ Dorian Darko

Size Zero iPhone 5 

Size Zero iPhone 5

Antonello Falcone’s iPhone 5 concept features a 4.6-inch display with curved glass edges, in a thin (8.4mm), yet longer form factor and a soft touch home button.

Photo: Antonello Falcone via iSpazio

Back To The Future 

Back To The Future

This iPhone concept from design company Designed by Item picks up cues from the 3GS, but has an iPhone 4-like rim and back.

Photo: Designed by Item

iPhone 5 Meets iPad 2 

iPhone 5 Meets iPad 2

This concept from iPhaze is based on rumors that the iPhone 5 will borrow design cues from the iPad 2 and will be as thin as the latest iPod Touch.

Photo: Craig Philips/iPhaze