People put cases on their phones for protection, extra battery life, or self-expression, so why not have all three in one and turn your phone’s rear into a dynamic light show.
Phone cases are admittedly a bit of a controversial topic among smartphone aficionados. Phones are already designed to be as durable and as beautiful as their manufacturers want them, and some people consider it a heresy to mar a phone’s natural beauty with a case, especially those bulky ones. Others, however, want extra protection for their expensive investments or have found certain cases that appeal to their eyes. The latter group, however, sometimes has a hard time choosing between protection, battery, or beauty, and so STARcase designed something that makes that choice moot.
To put it simply, STARcase is a rugged battery phone case that has an array of LED lights on its back. Each of these features on its own might not be so revolutionary, but having them in one place is an interesting proposition. What makes this particular incarnation of that idea really special, however, is how that LED matrix can be functional as well as aesthetic.
Sure, you can pick a variety of “low-res” animations and icons to display on the phone’s back, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The LED panel can also be used to display notifications, either using an app’s icon or even as old-school scrolling text. STARcase’s creators say you can even play some games on the phone’s back using the dedicated button at the bottom.
The STARcase also has the trappings of a typical battery case, including ruggedness (MIL STD 810G-516.6 spec even) and a 2,500 mAh battery that you can charge together with the phone. You can also set at what battery percentage the phone starts drawing from the case or, alternatively, manually turn charging on and off from the mobile app. That mobile app is the gateway to all of the STARcase features, which pretty much qualifies this as a smart case, unlike your typical battery case.
The freedom of artistic expression and whimsical fun that STARcase offers do come with a price. Although described as “slim,” there is obviously a significant addition to the height and thickness of the phone when wearing this customizable armor. At the moment, STARcase is on pre-order and is compatible only with iPhones, but the Pixel 6 and even the Galaxy S22 are promised to have their turn soon.
MagSafe wireless charging is one of Apple‘s most unique features that sets it apart in the smartphone landscape. Add a bit of geeky spice to the contemporary MagSafe charger and you get this cool accessory to flaunt!
With the MagSafe charger, Apple brought to the fore easy snap-and-go charging to the equation. The perfectly aligned magnets hook on to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 series for faster 15W charging. So, Apple lovers can keep on using their phone even when it is wirelessly charging which is a problem with other wireless chargers on the market. The popularity of MagSafe chargers means iPhone users don’t have to be restricted to Apple’s official accessories. The likes of Belkin, Mophie, Anker and Satechi make the buying decision crystal clear.
For geeks who want more than just a standard MagSafe charger for their den, the UFO MagSafe Wireless Charger will be the preferred choice. This cute-looking accessory for the Apple ecosystem is currently just a concept design, but we want to see it make it to the shelves. It’s like a UFO riding on the back of your iPhone 13 minus, all the shenanigans of gimmicky gadgets. The accessory is minimalistic in form and doesn’t go overboard with the spaceship design. UFO MagSafe strikes on first look and doesn’t fade away like other flashy accessories. In fact, it grows on me every time I have a glance at the realistic renders to churn out this write-up.
When charging, the transparent dome with the Android-like being looking you straight in the face lights up with a warm glow as soon as the iPhone is snapped onto it. Now that’s going to act as a cool bias light for people who are in a habit of staring at their phones in the pitch dark. At least with the UFO MagSafe charger hooked on, your eyes will get some respite, even if for some time!
What if you something that could make your phone stand on its own and build you a chair? Would you slap that on the back of your phone, no matter the odd looks that you might get?
Our smartphones have become our unwavering and loyal partners in everything we do these days, even for those that would have normally required some physical work. Sure, your phone can’t bake you a pizza, but it can let you easily order one. It won’t magically build a desk for you, but IKEA might be just a few taps away. Ironically, there are some basic things that smartphones can’t do, like stand upright on their own, especially when you want to enjoy a long movie without developing gorilla arms. Fortunately, phone stand accessories do exist, but this Workingman’s Sword offers something unique to those who prefer to get down and dirty with their hands. It turns out, it actually does help you put together that IKEA desk you just bought!
Designers: Chaoze Zhong and Chang Wu of Wild Zoo Design Studio
“Workingman’s Sword” definitely doesn’t sound anything like a phone stand or something related to phones at all. Designers Chaoze Zhong and Chang Wu from Beijing-based Wild Zoo Design Studio got their inspiration from the samurai’s katana or sword. Just as those ancient warriors carried their swords anywhere they went, this “stand” is a tool that a working man or woman would bring with them everywhere their phone is. Fortunately, you don’t need a license to carry this accessory.
The stand is actually made of two parts: a standard M4 Hex Wrench and a four-directional connector with matching hexagonal slots. The connector attaches to the back of your phone or its case, while the wrench can go into any of the holes and in any direction or position. Well, almost any position since you’d still be limited by the hexagonal shape of the slots.
The Workingman’s Sword is like the Swiss army knife of wrenches, at least for Allen key or hex wrenches. The M4 is apparently the most commonly used size for wrenches that are used to assemble furniture these days. The stand ensures that wherever the working person goes, he or she will have one of the most common tools ready to put together a chair, desk, drawer, or anything else.
Of course, it’s also a multi-angle smartphone stand that depends on where and how you put in the shorter end of the hex wrench. You do have fixed angles defined by the connector’s holes, but it at least covers most of the positions you’ll need when trying to prop down your phone on a desk or the ground. And unlike most stands, you’re not limited to only one side since it supports both portrait and landscape orientations.
You will definitely love or hate the idea of affixing an industrial tool on the back of your phone all the time. Then again, the people that would want to have a hex wrench within reach won’t be your typical smartphone user anyway. It might remind some of the notorious Pocket Protectors that the geeks of the past were ridiculed for, except this one caters more towards those who love DIY projects and assembling furniture.
It won’t win any beauty contests, for sure, especially when you’re essentially sticking a piece of plastic or resin on the back of your phone and attaching an L-shaped metal tool to it. Then again, we’ve also seen stranger things that people slap on the back of their phones. Admittedly, there are also many ways to pimp up at least the connector and make it look less out of place on a phone’s glossy rear. With the growing number of IKEA furniture or its equivalents in homes today, the Workingman’s Sword offers one thing that most phone stands can’t, and that’s a way to impress your friends with your mad assembling skills in an emergency.
New iPhone 13 owners should think about the accessories they want for their new handset not long after unboxing it. Like with last year’s iPhone 12s, this year’s models don’t come with a charging adapter, so that’s one thing you’ll probably need to have on hand. If you plan on going all-in on wireless charging could you skip that, though, and thankfully there are many more MagSafe accessories to choose from now than there were last year. We’ve tested out some of the newest iPhone accessories available and gathered the best ones here.
Apple MagSafe wireless charger
There are often better and cheaper alternatives to Apple’s first-party accessories, but the company’s MagSafe wireless charger is worth considering if you have a new iPhone. Like all other MagSafe accessories, this charging pad uses magnets to attach to the back of the latest iPhones and it’s surprisingly strong. Not only can you safely pick up your handset and use it with the disk still attached, but the iPhone can dangle by the charger’s cord without falling off. (You still probably shouldn’t do this.)
The charging plate itself is about a quarter-inch thick so it barely adds any heft to the iPhone. The magnets only attach to the latest iPhones, but it will still charge older models wirelessly, going back to the iPhone 8. I only wish the cable were longer than three feet so that you had more leeway to use your iPhone on the couch or in bed while powering it up.
Apple’s accessory comes in at $39 (although we’ve seen it go on sale a few times), but if you want to spend a bit less, Spigen’s $25 ArcField magnetic wireless charger is a decent dupe. It’s magnets are nowhere near as strong as those on Apple’s charger — so you definitely shouldn’t pick up your iPhone by this cable — but it’ll power up your handset and stay put while doing so.
You may have accumulated a number of devices that support wireless charging at this point and Mophie’s 4-in-1 charging mat is an easy way to power them all. It’s an 11-by-8-inch rectangle with four spaces for different items to charge simultaneously. Two of those spots are large enough to accommodate smartphones while the other two in the center are smaller and fit things like AirPods perfectly. It also has an optional attachment for an Apple Watch, which means it could actually charge up to five devices at the same time.
I found the mat useful as a charging hub, turning to it each night to charge my iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods Pro. It’s worth noting that both my iPhone and my AirPods Pro live in cases, and I didn’t have to remove either in order to charge them with Mophie’s mat. But while the mat’s size allows it to do a lot at once, it’s also tough to find a big enough spot for it. It’ll fit on most nightstands, but you may have to rearrange things first. Mophie has a 3-in-1 charging station that takes up less space and has dedicated spots for your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.
It’s well known now that AirPods are the best wireless earbuds for those with iPhones. Apple made its standard AirPods even better this year with the introduction of the third-generation models, which have an improved design, noticeably better sound and longer battery life. We appreciate the new “contoured” design, which is way more comfortable than previous AirPods, and the H1 chipset makes features like hands-free Siri and speedy pairing and switching possible. They’re well worth their $179 price tag — but if that’s a bit steep for you, Beats’ new Studio Buds are a good alternative. At $150, they have the same H1 chip inside along with balanced sound that doesn’t sacrifice the punchy bass that Beats devices are known for.
While Apple’s 20W charger works just fine, you can opt for a more versatile adapter in Anker’s Nano II 45W charger. Not only can it fast-charge an iPhone, but it can also power up a 2020 MacBook Air at full speed, along with mid-sized devices like iPads. It’s 34 percent smaller than other 45W chargers, and it uses GaN technology to prevent overheating. We also appreciate that its prongs flip down to make the adapter even more compact when you need to travel with it. The 45W model will set you back $40, but Anker also makes a $34 30W version and a $66 65W two-port model for when you want to charge your phone and your laptop at the same time.
Apple’s AirTags make it easy for iPhone users to locate things they might misplace. Just attach one of the tiny Bluetooth trackers to your keys, backpack or wallet and then use the Find My app to keep track of them. If you know your stuff is within reach, you can force the AirTag to play a tune to lead you to it. And when you truly don’t know where something is, you can enable Lost Mode to be automatically notified when the Find My network locates the item. AirTags only work with iPhones, but iPhone users have other Bluetooth tracker options (namely Tile’s). But Apple’s gadgets have a convenience level that’s similar to AirPods — your iPhone will automatically identify a new AirTag nearby and immediately pair with it, and it’s quite simple to manage multiple AirTags in the Find My app.
Remember Amazon’s adorable Echo Spot, the orb-like smart display that was eventually replaced by the Echo Show 5? Well, Anker’s latest magnetic charging station looks much like it, just without the tiny touchscreen and with a lot more connectivity options. The 8-in-1 device has a magnetic charging pad on the front and a bunch of ports on its back: three AC outlets, two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports. The magnets in the charging pad are quite strong and able to hold up an iPhone 13 Pro Max so it looks like it’s floating in mid air. You can even use it when your iPhone has a MagSafe case on, too. Since the iPhone screen is angled upward and clearly visible while charging, Anker’s device would make a good addition to a desk, or even a nightstand for those who want to use their phone as their evening clock. And on top of that, it’ll keep all your other cables organized and (mostly) out of sight.
We’ve been fans of Anker’s Powerline charging cables for a long time and its Powerline II USB-C to Lightning cord is no exception. First, it’s more affordable than Apple’s — you’ll pay $19 for a three-foot cable from Apple, whereas Anker’s three-foot cord costs $13. It also has MFi-certification, which means it’s passed enough tests to get Apple’s seal of approval as a safe, reliable iOS accessory. While not all of them are made out of braided nylon, those that don’t still have a 12,000-bend lifespan so you can use it without fear of wire fraying after a few weeks. Anker also has a similar USB-C to C cable in the Powerline III series that should work well for charging the latest iPads and MacBooks.
Belkin’s MagSafe car mount is easier to use than one of those fussy clamps you pray will stay put on a vent while you’re driving. The strong magnets truly make this accessory — the iPhone 13 snaps into place on the mount’s credit-card sized plate and doesn’t budge even if you have to quickly swerve to avoid hitting a squirrel. The clip that attaches to your car’s vent is also quite snug and you can swivel your phone into landscape or portrait mode.
Even if you don’t drive to work on a daily basis anymore, this will come in handy on the days you’re in the office and when you need to consult Google Maps during your next roadtrip. Just remember that this mount won’t charge your iPhone; it’s just a magnetic holder. You can, however, weave a charging cable through an opening in the back of the mount so you can neatly power up your phone while driving.
There are plenty of ways to prop up your iPhone, but Peak Design’s new mobile tripod is one of the more elegant solutions I’ve tried. It’s a 0.3-inch thick plate made of anodized aluminum with strong magnets inside and three legs that fold down and out. It attaches to the back of the latest iPhone and delivers a generous lift off the surface it’s sitting on. Out of all of the stands I’ve used, it’s the one that looks and feels most like a tripod thanks to its micro ball-head, which lets you adjust the angle of your phone nearly 360 degrees, and its three legs, which provide much more support than your standard phone-case kickstand.
The Mobile Tripod is a solid option for those who use their phone cameras for everything from family photos to vacation landscape shots, and those who want to use their phone almost as a second screen while travelling. It’s a bit steep at $80, but you’re paying for a sturdy accessory with a thoughtful design — plus the Peak name. Of course, there are plenty of more affordable MagSafe phone stands such as Moft’s Snap-On Stand and Wallet, which props up your iPhone while holding a few credit cards, Anker’s MagGo phone grip, and the now-ubiquitous PopSockets. Just keep in mind that, while MagSafe accessories like these are convenient, they ultimately won’t be as sturdy as something securely snapped onto your smartphone. All of the MagSafe stands, wallets, chargers and other accessories I’ve tried eventually fell off if I applied enough force.
There are many more MagSafe cases available now than there were just a year ago, and they run the gamut from affordable to quite expensive. If you like silicone cases, it’s usually best to save some money and get a third party one rather than buying Apple’s. However, the first-party silicone MagSafe case is worth considering for its luxurious feel and slim design. It doesn’t add much heft to the iPhone at all and it gives you a bit more protection against scratches and drops. It also has a premium, smooth texture that makes it nicer to hold than cheaper silicone cases.
Apple also makes hard-shell MagSafe cases, but we typically prefer Otterbox for that level of protection. The company’s Symmetry+ line is only a hair thicker than Apple’s but they are slightly more flexible, making it easier to take your iPhone in and out. They also have Otterbox’s signature rubberized bumper around the edges and, although you can’t remove it like you can with some of its other heavy-duty cases, it provides an extra cushion if you accidentally drop your iPhone.
But Otterbox’s cases will set you back $60 or more — for something more budget-friendly, Spigen’s Mag Armor series is worthy of consideration. At around $20 each, these cases are made of shock-absorbing TPU and they have a raised lip around the camera array to protect it. They’re compatible with MagSafe accessories and they only add about 0.15-inches of thickness to the overall profile of your iPhone. These are good options if you want to add only what’s necessary to your phone to protect it against the occasional drop or bump.
On September 14th, 2021, the iPhone 13 series was launched at Apple’s event. Everyone had major expectations for the latest iPhone family – some were met, some were not. This year’s iPhone has a smaller notch, bigger battery, better chip, and not too many major changes. Whether you were disappointed or excited by this year’s iPhone launch, whether you found it compelling or a tad bit boring – there’s always scope to amp up your iPhone with a bunch of exciting accessories! And by accessories, we don’t simply mean the same old covers and cases that we’ve all gotten pretty much accustomed to. Designers have been leveling up their accessories game, creating unique and handy products that will totally elevate your iPhone 13! From a MagSafe iStorage that adds a snap-on physical drive to your smartphone to a tiny 20W power bank that can charge multiple Apple devices – these innovative accessories are what your iPhone 13 truly needs!
1. The Pixy Mini
Touted as the most powerful power bank for its size, the Pixy Mini is this pocket-friendly, granola bar-shaped power bank with a capacity of 5,000mAh and a 20W power delivery, making it capable of recharging practically any portable gadget you’ve got on hand… even your laptop. What’s so impressive about the Pixy Mini is its deceptively small size. Tinier than a credit card, and hardly bulkier than a Zippo lighter, the Pixy Mini was designed to be carried around… but not even in your backpack, rather in your pocket. Outwardly, it looks like any other power bank, with a USB-A port and a USB-C port on either side, and 4 LED indicators that tell you how much power the Pixy Mini’s battery has.
2. The NAKEY
Perhaps the easiest way to compare the NAKEY to most traditional cases is by comparing contact lenses to traditional spectacles. Much like how regular spectacles sit on your nose, hooking onto your ears for support, regular cases fit onto your phone from the back, hooking onto their front edge with a TPU lip or plastic grippers. The NAKEY, however, envelops your phone in a thin, protective film, like contact lenses attaching to the front and back of your phone. Formed through a process known as thermo-layering, the case is designed with incredibly tight tolerances, and basically sticks to your phone on the front and the back using the same sort of glue used on tempered glass screen protectors. A slim bumper on the side protects the edge of your phone too, creating a case that’s about as thin as a screen protector, and about as invisible as one too.
3. The Chargepuck
The Chargepuck acts as a replacement for the wireless charging dock or mat you’ve probably got lying on your desk or somewhere at your bedside. Instead of being a static device that sits plugged into an outlet forever, the little puck sits attached to your iPhone and comes with its own retractable cable that lets you plug it in anywhere. The Chargepuck isn’t a battery pack (it doesn’t have its own battery inside it), but rather, it’s a charging apparatus that sits attached to your phone and lets you charge three devices at the same time.
4. The Alto Metro Leather Wallet Case
The Alto Metro Leather Wallet Case completely protects the iPhone 13 series! The case features a card pocket with anti-magnetic properties and is compatible with the iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. You can insert a contactless card within the pocket, and you don’t even have to remove it to make purchases! The interesting wallet case has been crafted from leather, which exhibits an elegant and unique color and texture. The leather also cushions your iPhone and protects it from any damage. At the same time, it also manages to wirelessly charge your smartphone!
5. The Native Union CLIC Case & Bundle
The Native Union CLIC Case & Bundle helps you customize your iPhone 13 the way you want! The bundle includes a CLIC Pop or CLIC Classic Case and a Sling or Leather Sling. You can create a style of your choice – either with a simple case or a case attached with a sling (which is easy to detach via the Click Lock mechanism). The leather case comes in a classic black or tan, whereas the sling has eight unique color options! You can wear the sling crossbody or as a necklace. The options are unlimited – you can customize and carry your beloved smartphone in your true style!
6. Taiseer’s mini AirPods Pro concept
Inspired by the iconic design language of Apple, 3D artist, and graphic designer Zarruck Taiseer conceptualized a pair of AirPods Pro that scale down the current model to the size of a bean. From its charging case to its silicone earbud covers, everything about Taiseer’s mini AirPods Pro concept is sleek in stainless steel and Polly Pocket-sized. One problem this concept does fix about the current model of AirPods on the market is the bulkiness of its charging case. While the AirPods’s current charging case takes up no more room in your pocket than a small rock might, the girth and length of the charging case make up more bulk in our pockets than we might like. Taiseer’s mini AirPods Pro concept slims down the charging case to match the side of a half-finished stack of mini Post-Its.
7. The Nimble Wireless Convertible Stand
The Nimble Wireless Convertible Stand makes wireless charging more flexible than ever! It charges your smartphone on contact and the built-in stand lets you place your iPhone in either a flat or propped-up position. This allows you to use your phone, and continue binging on your favorite Netflix show, while your phone is charging. The stand also features an additional port, so you can charge a second device as well. The built-in thermal management ensures a safe and hazard-free charging experience.
8. The iStorage
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. 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.
9. The OMNIA Q5
The OMNIA Q5 is a nifty docking and charging station that replaces your drawer of cables. Designed as a slick, compact dock that can fit on even the smallest night-stand, or the corner of your work-desk, the OMNIA Q5 lets you organize and charge all your Apple gadgets at once, supplying the right amount of power to each one of them to charge them rapidly and simultaneously. Designed to be an integral part of your ecosystem of Apple products, the OMNIA Q5 acts as an organizer for your gadgets. It docks them in individually assigned areas (so they’re always neatly arranged) and charges them too – wirelessly for the most part, except the iPad which needs a cable with USB-C input.
10. The MagSafe Battery Pack
You know how they say you need to learn to walk before you can learn to run? Somehow Apple’s 2015 ‘Camel Hump’ Smart Battery Case for the iPhone makes complete sense to me now. Back in 2015, it was the ‘butt’ of many a joke, as people called it all sorts of things (even comparing it to Kim Kardashian’s internet-breaking 2014 Vogue magazine cover), now it feels like it was paving the way for something greater… the MagSafe Battery Pack! Simply put, the MagSafe Battery Pack is a neat, wireless power bank that snaps right onto your smartphone, relying on the MagSafe feature to hold it in place while it replenishes your battery.
The iPhone 14 will need some out-of-the-box thinking if Apple wants to restore confidence in its design chops.
Apple has always been lauded for how it put design into focus, proving that consumer electronics like computers and phones can be not only functional but also well-designed. It’s that lineage that may have set the iPhone 13 up for disappointment, missing a few marks in both aspects, despite being favorably reviewed. Expectations are understandably running high for the iPhone 14, with many hoping it would finally break from the mold and finally use one of Apple’s wild patents. Of course, Apple isn’t one to make big leaps into the unknown, but there are a few concepts that do sound more likely than others.
After the iPhone 13, there is a growing sentiment even among its fans that Apple needs to make a big bang next year, or at least in 2023 at the latest. It isn’t as much because of the hardware since Apple already has that down to a “T,” with a few caveats. Battery life continues to be a concern, for example, despite optimizations that Apple makes to iOS to stretch out battery life as much as possible. As a company hailed for its designs, Apple has put out a few designs that didn’t sit well even with its fans, like the “trash can” and “cheese grater” Mac Pros, or, closer to home, the wide notch of the iPhone X. After two very similarly designed iPhones, 2022’s iPhone gives Apple the chance to make a clean break or, at the very least, present something fresh and exciting.
The Improbable: iPhone 14 Flip
Let’s get this out of the way: Apple is unlikely to turn the iPhone 14 into a foldable phone. It might not be until 2023 before an “iPhone Fold” finds its way into the market, and even that might be a generous estimate. A clamshell-type iPhone in the vein of the Galaxy Z Flip definitely looks chic and stylish, but there are still too many variables for Apple to make a gamble on foldables. It isn’t one to compromise on experience even for the sake of style, and that is exactly what a phone with a fragile flexible screen is.
Samsung has made a lot of progress in making foldable phones more mainstream, or at the very least condition the public to their existence. Part of that is in making the phones more accessible in terms of price, with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 claimed to be the most affordable foldable phones in the market today. Recent figures for market analysts and Samsung itself suggest that these two have already outsold their 2019 and 2020 predecessors combined. While actual numbers are unsurprisingly unavailable, it at least suggests that there is a strong market for these phones.
Apple, however, doesn’t always play the same numbers game and places a heavy emphasis on design and reliability. Foldable phones still have ways to go to reach those standards, especially when it comes to reassuring owners that their expensive investments won’t break so easily on the first drop. My Galaxy Z Fold 3 has so far been fortunate enough not to have met any accidents, and it feels sturdy enough to withstand a few falls. The foldable display inside, however, still doesn’t inspire much confidence, and it is unlikely that Apple will embrace that technology until it’s 100% sure of its longevity.
The Plausible: iPhone 14 Slide
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If, however, we would really think outside the box, the iPhone 14 slider concept not only has more appeal but is also more probable than a foldable phone. While the idea isn’t exactly new and has been done before (by Nokia, no less), it’s uncommon enough that Apple could do its magic and be remembered as the one that pioneered or at least popularized “sliders.” It just has the right mix of elegance, usability, and forward-thinking that makes it a likely candidate in case Apple decides to really reach for the stars next year.
The iPhone 14 sliding display concept brings a bit of the past and the future together in one package. The softer curved sides are reminiscent of the iPhone 12 and contrast with the cold and sharp edges that have become one of the iPhone 13’s most criticized design changes. The display hiding underneath offers some extra space for secondary elements, like menus or even a QWERTY keyboard, freeing the main screen to display beautiful content. And, of course, the absence of a camera bump will be much appreciated by everyone.
The biggest stumbling block to making this incarnation of the iPhone 14 a reality won’t be the design or the hardware but the software. Apple will have to adjust iOS 16, the version that will be launched next year, to accommodate having a second display off to one side. It can’t be something that’s haphazardly thrown together either, given Apple’s high standards, but it’s something that is still within the realm of possibility for 2022.
The Real McCoy: iPhone 13 Refined
The somewhat harsh reality, however, is that Apple doesn’t exactly jump on the latest trends just to make a sensational product. This makes its designs more iterative rather than revolutionary, though it does sometimes make leaps and bounds like the iPhone X. If it were to design an iPhone 14 that’s closer to reality, it would be one that has very few changes, like a true full-screen display without a notch.
This iPhone 14 concept brings together many existing designs and features into something that is completely Apple. Sadly, the flat, chamfered edges are still here to cut into your palm. The cameras, however, are flushed against the phone’s back, which does imply that this iPhone could be a bit thicker than the iPhone 13. Hopefully, the extra space can be used to squeeze in more battery, something that’s always a concern for iPhone owners.
While those changes are well within Apple’s capability to make, the switch from a notch to a punch-hole cutout could prove to be the most controversial aspect of this concept. This design doesn’t have visible room for the iPhone’s full Face ID hardware, which could be hiding beneath the screen. Apple has already been repeatedly rumored to be working on under-display sensors, so moving up its schedule for a 2022 debut isn’t that off the mark at all.
Final Thoughts” or “Wrap Up”
Given Apple’s track record, we’re almost certain that the iPhone 14 will still resemble this year’s iPhone, perhaps with a few refinements here and there. The company is one that lets a design stew for two or three generations or even more before changing the formula, even if the design is widely criticized or disliked, like the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Except for consumer clamor, Apple might not see any dire need to change the iPhone’s current design, especially since it’s trying to consolidate its design language across different devices. The iPads and iPhones now look more similar after all, and next year’s Apple Watch is expected to follow suit. There is, of course, always the possibility that the company will suddenly change directions, like when it abruptly ended the iPhone X’s design after only two generations, but we also can’t expect it to make very drastic changes that would be totally out of character for Apple.
Apple and Tesla lovers have got themselves a match made in heaven – an exclusive iPhone 13 Pro made from the melted parts of the Tesla Model 3 EV. If that’s not enough, Caviar has one more surprise for you!
Russian luxury brand Caviar is no stranger to creating exorbitantly priced unique creations made from unexpected materials. Things like iPhone 13 Pro made from Dinosaur tooth or gold-plated versions of PlayStation 5 gaming console. And yes, who can forget the Steve Jobs and Jack Ma commemorative phones from the Visionaries collection. The lifestyle luxury brand has shown us how any accessory or gadget can be turned into the most valued possession money can buy.
The latest addition to their Visionaries collection presented earlier this year is the iPhone 13 Pro made partly from the melted Tesla Model 3 parts. Yes, that’s true – if Caviar touches something it is destined to be extravagant. They call it the iPhone 13 Pro Electro which is dedicated to the future visionary Elon Musk. The final creation here oozes with the spirit of the Tesla brand and its values. It has got a robust frame made out of titanium mixed with black PVD coating – a method typically used in Swiss watchmaking. The stand-out bit of this limited-edition iPhone 13 Pro is the shock-resistant steel-colored metal insert which is salvaged out of a remelted Model 3 electric car.
The amazement doesn’t end there as the phone gets aluminum panels from the EV’s body, and it has the engravings of Elon Musk and the Tesla logo etched in amazing detail. To keep reminding the proud owners of the legacy, there is a copper insert (with Caviar branding) on the rear as a tribute to electric motor coils that are eventually responsible for eco-friendly commuting in the most economical way. This iPhone 13 Pro is going to be quite rare, as only 99 units will be handcrafted in total with the base variant carrying a steep price tag of $6,760.
If your Elon obsession is no match for the fat bank account of yours, then the Visionaries collection has got one more surprise for you. This new creation is announced alongside the Elon Musk bust which proudly sits on top of a black marble base having a double gold-plated plaque for the serial number. The bust is made completely out of Tesla Model 3 parts like the hood, doors and other metal panels. This one is even more exclusive as only 27 busts will be made in total and cost you back $3,220!
Will Apple ever take a leaf from Samsung’s book? Well, that’s a story for another day. Today, at hand is an inspiring concept of a flip iPhone that doubles as a case for a reimagined pair of AirPods. The entire layout of this miraculous gadget has a story to it that one can interpret in his own lure for Apple’s orgasmic design fascination that drools through each of its products.
The Cupertino giant has never steered from the pinnacle of innovation and its unrelenting fetish for aesthetically pleasing form factors. Not just does the tech giant mesmerize fanboys with its products following a design language par excellence; but also surprises with the hardware and software integration to make its gadgets irresistible. In spite of the overzealous focus on design, Apple stays closer to the basics, even when the world of consumer electronics around it is flipping, folding, rolling and doing all possible antics man has explored.
This curious approach does dwindle the mind for a split; leaving fans like us wondering why Apple is still shy of a smartphone form factor that does some fold or flip for our liking. When the thought is just maturing, you hit upon something like the iPro conceived by eminent visualizer and designer Zarruk Taiseer. While it’s a dream too far-fetched for commercialization – considering the know-how, investment and research that would go into realizing it – but for us fans, it’s still an overwhelming interpretation of thought we have some time or the other conjured up over a drink or two.
Considering Zarruk’s notion has some basis for an Apple product of the future with little impressions of a Samsung handset of today, we are left to discuss it to the detail as seen in images. The idea presents a flip iPhone with iPhone 13 Pro-esque triple camera module comprising an 8K capable pro-action camera. The flipping device has a curved touchscreen Retina display and the discussed camera module on the outside – split over the two halves separated by a durable hinge. The cute box-like design – when it’s folded – actually hides a pair of newly designed AirPods Pro mini in a cozy housing for each earbud.
Zarruk visions this amalgamation of iPhone 13 Pro on the outside and an AirPod case on the inside as the “most professional and versatile portable device,” but doesn’t divulge much about the innards of the device for us to vouch in his favor. But that’s not the real case unless Tim Cook has thought about it. Until we await a word – hmm okay got that – we’ll sit back and appreciate the fanatic’s ingeniousness and discuss how the design can double as the wireless charger for the housed AirPods Pro mini and what version of the A-series chipset will power this scheme!
It’s almost triple of what the iPhone 13 Pro costs… and the case isn’t even the most expensive one from Gray‘s ALTER EGO® collection. The luxury case-maker even has a flame-torched rainbow titanium version that costs more than three grand… or in other words, enough to buy you the iPhone 13 Pro AS WELL as the 2021 M1 MacBook Pro and still have spare change.
So why is the ALTER EGO case for the iPhone so expensive? The same reason why NFTs are so expensive… Because someone said so. Although this kind of ridiculously lavish definitely falls within Gray’s niche, who have made luxury cases for iPhones, Watches, and even Crypto Wallets in the past.
The ALTER EGO is less of a protective case and more of a status symbol. Sure, it protects your iPhone from dings and drops, but its prime purpose isn’t to be a baggy jumpsuit for your phone… it’s to be a piece of jewelry that your gadget adorns with pride. The cases come with a bumper-style design that grabs onto your iPhone from the edges, and a minimal aesthetic that adds a bit of glimmer to your phone, while showing your phone off too (instead of concealing it).
Designed for the iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max versions, the ALTER EGO cases are made from solid titanium. Each case is meticulously machined from a block of the metal, with a mechanically textured surface finish and a TPU inner layer that protects your phone from being scratched by the metal. The cases come in 4 styles – a raw titanium, PVD coated black, PVD coated gold, and the rather rare flame-torched rainbow Aurora that’s processed individually.
Another factor that influences the price of the cases is that they’re limited edition. The Gold and Aurora are limited to just 500 units of each, while the PVD Black has about 1000 units. The price for the cases differs based on the variant you choose, going from $1899 for the regular titanium case to a mind-numbing $3,199 for the rainbow Aurora (image below just in case you’re curious and extremely cavalier with your money.)
Apple has just launched the new iPhone 13 series, which has left many of us dumbstruck with the photographic capabilities and beautiful ProMotion displays on offer. While consumers are still headed for the four beauties in the lineup with open wallets, there is still a lingering question in the mind of fans whether the iPhone 14 will be the iconic design change we are all looking for. Taking the liberty to experiment with this design, ConceptsiPhone has created extreme renders of how the next-generation Apple phones should be.
The insane renders of the iPhone 14 with a sliding concept are far and above what Apple would likely have in mind at this point. The Cupertino company however has been toiling with the folding iPhone idea since 2016. The tech giant has been through a few patents since, but it has chosen to remain silent about the possibility of an iPhone to rival the Galaxy Fold and Flip series handsets from Samsung. Apple is weighing its options as other OEMs – Samsung included – fine-tune the wrinkles in the folding devices; and it prefers to stick to the more acceptable brick form factor.
The biggest upgrade to the iPhone, many would trust, will be a folding form factor, which will be a stark difference to its image, and give fanboys a little more to consider as they weigh their options. In such a scenario, a Nokia-style sliding keyboard would make more sense than a book-like folding phone. If you are from the same school of assumptions; this new concept with a second slider screen will be a definite yes.
The renders and video of the iPhone 14 slider concept shared by ConceptsiPhone show the iPhone 14 in new and beautiful colors and revives the Touch ID biometric system under the display. In addition to the sliding design, the idea of a notch-less iPhone is what fans have been longing for Apple to adopt. That didn’t stand to change in the iPhone 13 – where the notch has been slimed slightly though – but if Apple can do away with it in the coming models, this concept shows how the phone could appear.
What has really caught my eye with these renders is the throw-back design. Yes, the images do away with the new square-edged design that Apple achieved with the iPhone 12 and has transpired into the iPhone 13. The idea is lost in this concept, which feels the iPhone 14 should reflect back the design that was before the iPhone 12. While the sliding XDR display concept is a deal for some, it’s the triple camera on the back that we would definitely want Apple to take a leaf from. The camera array is extremely sleek, no camera bump to show. Apple has a slight camera bulge in iPhone 13, in iPhone 14 we would love to see that go flat along the phone’s back.
Apple still remains adamant with switching from lightning port to USB-C, which European Union at least is pushing to become a standard for all companies to follow. There were rumors initially that iPhone 13 could be a port-less device, relying on MagSafe charging completely. It hasn’t happened this year, and ConceptsiPhone assumes, it’s not going to be the case with iPhone 14 either; but the new device could arrive with Air charging as an option along with MagSafe, which we assume is going to stay for long!