iPhone 5 Rumors: The Concept Design by Jon Fawcett [Gallery]

NEW YORK | Monday, May 14th, 2012 5:05am EDT

The new iPhone model will be reportedly released later this year, with an official announcement expected in June around Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

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Basing on some of the latest rumors regarding the next-gen iPhone, Jon Fawcett, the owner of Fawcett Design, Inc., created some concept pictures (see the gallery above) of what he thinks Apple’s newest iPhone will look like when it hits store shelves.

The speculations are devoted to the rumor that the next version of the iPhone will be made of LiquidMetal which would allow the phone to be more durable. Light like plastic but durable like aluminum, it would also allow the phone to weigh less and have a thinner profile, 20% thinner than the current model, Mashable reports.

There have been some claims LiquidMetal alloys have been used in batteries and (wait for it) inside the SIM removal tool, but these are unverified and in any case don’t seem especially good uses of such expensive technology.

“LiquidMetal is a mix of several different metals, allowing the phone to be more durable while giving it a liquid-like exterior feel. Light like plastic but durable like aluminum, LiquidMetal would allow the phone to weigh less and have a thinner profile,” Mashable explained.

LiquidMetal announced it started shipping its first commercial parts in December of last year. “We are very excited about the use of amorphous alloy technology to deliver stronger, lighter, and more corrosion resistant parts to our customers in varying industries globally,” CEO Tom Steipp said in a press release.

“These initial shipments represent a significant milestone in our efforts to provide a new class of materials for our customers to consider when designing complex parts.”

Fawcett’s iPhone concept is just 7mm thick and features a 4-inch widescreen multitouch display. The designer also ‘inbuilt’ into the device a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel forward-facing cam for video chatting, and quad speakers for listening to tunes or watching videos in both portrait and landscape mode.

Meanwhile, Jon Fawcett has also created a new innovative flexible cable called the Une Bobine (see the gallery above), which has started its journey on Kickstarter and provides a new unique way to hold and charger/sync your iOS devices.

The Une Bobine is constructed using a metal gooseneck material that allows it to be flexible and yet still strong enough to hold the weight of an iPhone. Jon Fawcett and his engineering studio [Fuse]Chicken went through dozens of product name ideas before they settled on Une Bobine. It is French for ‘A Coil’ and also has Bob’s name in it, which made Bob happy.

“Bob is a stick figure and he had a problem,” the Fawcett’s announcement on Kickstarter claims. “He didn’t like setting his iPhone on a table to charge and sync. Too many scratches and spilled drinks.”

“He also didn’t want to buy docks for everywhere he wanted a stand. So he had an idea… what if he could make an iPhone cable accesory to charge and sync that was also flexible and strong enough to be a stand for his iPhone? This is how Une Bobine was created.”

By the way, the 7-inch iPad will reportedly have the same screen resolution as the new iPad and would go at the price of $200-$250, the Apple blog iMore has recently claimed, citing its own sources. “Our sources have indicated, however, that the 7-inch iPad will be identical to the current 9.7-inch iPad, just scaled down,” Rene Ritchie, of iMore, wrote.

“That seems to include a 2048×1536 resolution display, just like the new iPad. If accurate, that would put the pixel density at around 326 ppi, the same as the iPhone 4S (and higher than the 264 ppi new iPad) retina display,” Ritchie added.

Although Fawcett isn’t associated with Apple in any way, the pictures, however, are pretty impressive and can offer a glimpse at what might potentially be in store for us later this year. We will be able to check how close to the original the artist was reportedly this fall.

Despite there are still plenty of guesses about when the device will come out, but based on research, Piper Jaffray, an investment banking firm, predicted that the new model is likely due out in October. This is because the company speculated to be making the iPhone’s LTE 28-nanometer chip, Qualcomm, is having supply shortages and is struggling to keep up with demand.

Which is more, in April it was discovered that Apple’s manufacturer company Foxconn planned to hire some 18,000 employees in order to build the new iPhone although only what we know so far is the expected release date of October and nothing more or less than that.

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