by Joe White
November 3, 2013
Could Apple have a sixth-generation "iPhone Air" in the pipeline? If so, one designer - Federico Ciccarese - has imagined how the anticipated product could look in an impressive new concept. Like the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, the concept envisages that Apple's new iPhone, too, could borrow from the design and form factor of the first- and second-generation iPad mini, offering users a "flatter," more rounded handset with curved edges. Here are a few more images from Ciccarese's concept. See what you think. Though Apple's iPhone 5s only reached the market back in September, there have been a large number of reports discussing the Cupertino, Calif. company's next-generation smartphone, which most are calling the "iPhone 6." Back in October, for example, the research firm NPD DisplaySearch claimed that Apple could be planning on releasing two larger-screen iPhones next year: one with a display of 4.7-inches, and the other with a screen size of 5.7-inches. Similar reports have argued that a so-called "iPhone maxi" is set to reach Apple Store shelves in 2014, and if market research is a reliable indication, consumers indeed appear to be demanding a phablet-style iPhone handset. Of course, though it's not so clear, it looks like the above concept proposes a 4-inch iPhone Air, which would feature a different form factor but a screen size nevertheless similar to that of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s. Personally, I think Apple's iPhone is already big enough; any larger, and I'd struggle to hold on to it while using the handset. How about you? For more weekend reading, see: Today’s Apps Gone Free: Actions, Runtastic Squats Trainer, USB Flash Drive And More, ModCloth Updated With "Fit For Me" Feature To Help You Find The Perfect Fashion Fit, and The AppAdvice Week In Review: Apple's iPad Air Arrives.