Crazy MagSafe ‘iStorage’ adds a snap-on physical drive to increase the storage on your iPhone

Sure, a MagSafe battery pack is nice, but how about some extra MagSafe storage for my iPhone’s camera roll?

Everyone knows those pesky iCloud fees can be an absolute bummer. Yes, Apple makes it very certain that you’re getting a whole lot of functionality for the price, but what if I just want to bump up my phone’s storage because I’m busy clicking selfies and taking videos on my iPhone? Designer Abdelrahman Shaapan has an idea – Magsafe Storage. Designed to resemble Apple’s newly launched MagSafe Battery Pack (although Abdel came up with this design all the way back in May), the iStorage is a nifty wireless drive that lets you add extra storage to your phone in literally a snap.

To most people, it would seem quite unlike Apple to release a product that competes with one of its other services, but then again, the iPad is constantly pitched against the MacBook by being referred to as the laptop reinvented. For a while, the AirPods and the Beats by Dre constantly competed with each other too. Similarly, the iStorage is ‘somewhat’ a competitor to Apple’s iCloud service… although it’s purpose-built to work as more of an offline-only storage system. Snap it on, and the iPhone’s internal memory instantly gets a boost. You can back your phone up to the iStorage, or just transfer heavy files to it, like a wireless pen-drive.

How would the iStorage even work in theory? Clearly, the MagSafe is built just for hooking accessories to the iPhone and chargers to the wireless-charging coil. How would the iStorage even transfer data? Well, even though Abdelrahman’s iStorage is just a fan-made concept, the real device could easily communicate with the iPhone or any other Apple device using AirDrop protocols. The snap-on feature would probably be just something of a convenience, but I could easily imagine the iStorage as being Apple’s own hard-drive… something that the company hasn’t really ever worked on.

What’s really remarkable about Abdelrahman’s concept is that it also comes in a splash of colors to match your phone. He’s been rather clever in matching the iStorage’s colors with the current iPhone 12 palette, including the new purple color-way as well as Apple’s signature Project RED edition.

While there’s absolutely no chance that Apple’s working on something like this, it’s fun to see what designers come up with. More often than not, they’re indicative of what the consumer actually wants… and I’m pretty sure no consumer wants to pay recurring cloud-storage fees!

Designer: Abdelrahman Shaapan

This gorgeous curved OLED TV a fusion of Samsung’s Serif TV and its G9 Odyssey Gaming Monitor

I somehow never really liked Samsung’s Serif TV. Sure, it treats the television as furniture, but furniture and tech aren’t the same. I expect my furniture to be useful and my tech to be sleek… and while I expect both of them to look beautiful, the standards of beauty for tech and furniture aren’t necessarily the same. I don’t think the Samsung Serif got that, with its voluntarily large bezels. Abdelrahman Shaapan’s Flex OLED TV concept, however, takes the Serif TV’s ideology of merging tech with furniture, and amps it up in a way that actually makes the television look remarkable and desirable.

What Shaapan’s Flex OLED TV gets right off the bat is separating the television-unit visually from the furniture. The Flex OLED TV comes with a dazzlingly sleek bezel-less display that sits on top of the television’s ‘base-cabinet’ which resembles a table – the kind you’d place your TV on. After all, your TV should be surrounded by furniture – your TV shouldn’t BE furniture. With the Flex, that table forms a part of the TV, although visually distinct and separate… and it acts its base-support and housing its internal components like the built-in soundbar and the mechanism that gives the Flex OLED TV its most exciting feature!

As its name suggests, the Flex OLED TV possesses the ability to actually flex, going from a flat screen to a curved one with the push of a button. Complex mechanisms located within its base bend the display on command, turning it from a flat one to something immersive and more suited for a higher FOV – like games or movies. The curved display is much better suited for smaller viewing groups (2-3 people), while the flat view is great for large viewing parties like during sports events with 10-20 people. A simple button on a remote (or even a voice command) lets you instantly alternate between flat and curved views, while the built-in soundbar with 6 full-range audio drivers gives you an absolutely thunderous listening experience… all while ensuring that your TV looks incredibly sleek and future-forward!

Designer: Abdelrahman Shaapan

The Google Nest Clock puts a sleek, informative smart-display on your wall

If you’ve got Google‘s slew of products around your home, there’s a lot of information you can access right at your fingertips, from the time of the day to the weather, weekly forecast, indoor temperature, your appointments, new email notification, to mention a few. The Google Nest Clock concept gives you a display to view that information on the wall of your house, offering a better alternative to browsing through your phone, or asking your Google Nest Home smart-speaker and having it narrate things in audio back to you.

The Google Nest Clock concept builds on the design format of the Nest thermostat, but strips away the thermostat functions and just makes it a sleek, elegant-looking clock. With a variety of clock-faces, and the ability to lay out crucial information for you, from the weather to what the traffic looks like on the way to work, the Nest Clock provides the experience of having a smart-display you can speak commands to.

Think of the Google Nest Clock as a smartwatch, but bigger. It plugs into an outlet using a USB-C connection and hangs on the wall, with a perpetually on display giving you the time, date, weather, and a lot of other information. Just like a smart-speaker, you can talk to your clock too, telling it to change its face-style, asking it to display family photos, having it notify you if you get a new email, or of your daily appointments, or just display motivational quotes. The fact that it has a dynamic display means the Nest Clock works anywhere in any sort of home. You can choose between informative, minimalist, or decorative clock-faces, just like you can with a smart-watch, and at the same time, you can even tell your Nest Clock to control various aspects of your smart home for you, from setting the thermostat to switching on/off the lights, to potentially even asking it to display who’s at the front door!

Designer: Abdelrahman Shaapan

The Braun Audio 07 is a simple, yet sophisticated looking (conceptual) speaker system

Embodying the tenets of good design in a way that would make Rams pretty happy, the Braun Audio 07 from Abdelrahman Shaapan does the job of playing music and looking minimal while it does. The Braun Audio 07 is a simple Spotify-playing machine with a bare-basics aesthetic and interface… In short, it’s sensible. It does what you want it to do, without a fuss, letting you navigate Spotify using a touchscreen display, while a volume knob that sits on the salt-pepper weave speaker-grill lets you adjust how loud your music is.

The speaker can be hung on a wall or placed on a surface like a desk or mantelpiece. Wire-routing pathways let you connect the Braun Audio 07 to a power source, and it seems like a secondary port lets you plug and connect multiple Audio 07s to create a powerful stereo setup.

Designer: Abdelrahman Shaapan