iPhone 7, Apple Watch mashup: Brangelina of tech gadgets

iPhone Design concept
Credit: Antonio De Rosa/Behance

An elegant new iPhone 7 design concept blends an advanced Apple smartphone with a key component of the new Apple Watch, resulting in something of a Brangelina of tech gadgets.

Italy's Antonio De Rosa contributed his iPhone 7 design concept to the Behance portfolio site, where he takes on the challenge "to improve something that is already perfect" in the iPhone. 

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His "giant leap forward" is to bolt the Digital Crown from the new Apple Watch onto the iPhone 7, which depending on which rumors you believe, will be introduced later this year or early next year (or will there be an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in between?).

Apple Digital Crown

The Digital Crown, as Apple describes it, is a "unique input device."

On mechanical watches, the crown has historically been used to set the time and date and to wind the mainspring. We reimagined it as a versatile tool that answers the fundamental challenge of how to magnify content on a small display. Pinching to zoom, as you do on iPhone, is impractical. But turning the Digital Crown allows you to navigate nimbly and precisely, without obstructing your view. You can zoom in and out of photos, quickly scroll through lists, input data, or press it like a button to return to the Home screen. The Digital Crown is an integral part of the Apple Watch experience.

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The Digital Crown protrudes from an Apple Watch's side (Credit: Apple)

De Rosa's vision for the iPhone 7 includes a Digital Crown that brings with it an integrated TouchID fingerprint sensor and Home Button, eliminating the usual home button below the touchscreen and perhaps making the device easier to navigate with one hand. "This allows you to have deep control of the device, thanks also to Sense Button, a new set of sensors that catch your gesture and movements. Your device is more personal than ever," De Rosa explains.

While no new iPhone is expected at this June's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, that hasn't stopped people from speculating about what might be in the next big smartphone from Apple. Among the latest hopes: A snazzy new camera courtesy of a new Apple acquisition.

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