Apple iPhoneys: the iPhone 5 edition

Can't wait for the next Apple iPhone? Neither can these designers, marketers and iPhone addicts

Apple nation has really been left up in the air about what the iPhone 5 will look like, if there even is a product introduced this year that will go by that name. Some say Apple can't wait to put the iPhone 4 and its antenna problems and white model issues behind it, while others wonder if more of an iPhone/iPad combo is in the works. Technologies expected to be supported in a new edition of the iPhone range from near-field communications ( NFC ) to a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chip to facial recognition and improved video chat. All of which have given creative minds some interesting ideas about what the iPhone 5 (or whatever it's called) will look like. Here's a sampling.

You've got to hand it to designer Samuel Lee Kwon for an iPhone design that even gives a nod to the "Palm".  The Next G iPhone would involve strapping a device to your wrist and projecting the phone image onto your palm.

Source: Yanko Design

A futuristic holographic projector system would let you manipulate sophisticated images. No telling what Apple CEO Steve Jobs could do with this sort of powerful device.

SOURCE: WaterWorks/Christopher East on Vimeo

OK, maybe the robot arms are unlikely any time soon, but we're buying the laser and tank treads.

Source: FoneHome

This German Web site's take on what iPhone 5 will look like: wafer thin and totally touch sensitive. Expect 100Mbps downloads via 4G wireless, better screen resolution, 32G and 64G models, and better battery life.

Source: Handyflash

Well, that should take care of Antennagate issues associated with iPhone 4.

Source: Petermorgan.uk on Flickr

This iPhone 5 design is inspired by the iMac.

Source: Dorian Darko

The Chinese are famous for their iPhone clones and this image from a video out of China shows what appears to be something of an iPhone 3GS/4 hybrid with a removable back for battery access.

SOURCE: M8Cool.com

Design company Item out of Paris and London has some colorful ideas about which direction Apple might go with the iPhone.

SOURCE: Item

One vision has the iPhone 5 addressing camera shortcomings with a micro reflex camera built in.

SOURCE: Eloy Ricardez Luna on Flickr

Why mess around thinking about what the iPhone 5 will look like when the iPhone 6 is probably only two years away?  Designer Archil Vardidze foresees an external antenna, aluminum shell, solar batteries and a newfangled Home button.

SOURCE: Concept Phones

Just for a good measure, an iPad 2 mock-up. Engadget spotted an iPad 2 case at CES 2011 from electronics accessories maker Dexim that featured an iPad 2 mockup inside. The case features holes for front and back iPad cameras and a speaker and an "intriguing case design involving a Bluetooth keyboard that magnetically adheres to the front cover of the book-like sleeve, allowing for a laptop-style setup, or a keyboard-free case when you want to shave a few ounces,"according to Engadget.

Source: Engadget

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