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We are fast approaching that time of the year again when the general public starts to wonder when Apple will release the new iPhone, and the industry analysts begin sharing their predictions on what the new iOS based hardware will actually look like when it is released. Over the last few months, we’ve heard murmurings about the potential of an iPhone 5S being announced during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. We have also heard speculation suggesting that the new iPhone could come in two different screen sizes to appease those consumers looking to get their hands on a 4.5-inch device.

Designer Ran Avni has not only shared his own personal vision on the design direction that he thinks Apple will take this year, but he has also gone to the lengths of producing a rather elegant and sleek looking concept that he obviously feels would make a successful piece of kit for Apple in 2013. The concept itself is built loosely around the same form factor that was introduced with the iPhone 5 in the final quarter of last year, but with a few notable changes that really make it stand out from the competition.

iPhone 6

Instead of being built around the same 4-inch display that was introduced with the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch, Avni has extended the screen size and included a 4.5-inch Retina display on his concept. The basic shell of the device is mostly similar to what we already have, except for a slightly thinner bezel on the front which in turn would shave some weight off the finished product.

Interestingly enough, the home button of the device has been removed entirely by the designer with no additional information on how users would exit out of apps without the hardware based button to interact with, but it’s likely that he envisages iOS 7 introducing gesture based actions for this. It’s also interesting to see a concept designer imagining the iPhone 6 without a home button, especially when analysts are suggesting that the killer feature on any new iPhone could be fingerprint detection below the home button.

Only time will tell what Apple will actually have in store for the seventh-generation iPhone. In the meantime, you can check out the video and let us know what you think of this latest concept in the comments section below.

(via: iClarified)

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