It’s always great to see well-placed analysts and industry insiders making predictions on the future of Apple’s iPhone. And even more so when those predictions have some basis in reality thanks to tips and leaked information from insider sources.

However, in addition to leaks and device specific information, it’s also great to see what designers and artists imagine for a future iPhone, with this latest set of concepts putting forth the idea of an iPhone 8 – or “iPhone Edition” if you prefer – which relies heavily on artificial intelligence and augmented reality as well as the rumored function area that implements much of that functionality into bezel-less design.

Rather than focusing only on the recent information from well-placed individuals or sources “familiar with the situation” within Apple’s supply chain, Hungarian designer Gabor Balogh has created an iPhone which includes rumored AI and AR features as well.

The concept shows an innovative camera solution that would work automatically in conjunction with the full-body display to instantly show the user exactly what is behind the device.

That would give the appearance of total translucence, tricking the human eye into believing that it can essentially see through the device.

Concept also shows a device which takes the immersive experience to the next-level by bringing a deeper integration with Siri, as well as offering up augmented reality style experiences. As an example, a device owner could use Siri to instantly identify important landmarks or places of interest around the location of the device, and have corresponding information to that landmark instantly shown on the display around the viewfinder. At the bottom of the phone, there would be a virtual area to either side of the virtual Home button which would allow contextual widgets to appear to give the user additional options based on the presented information, such as sharing to Facebook or launching instant directions via the native Maps app.

As mentioned earlier, Apple is widely expected to well-and-truly embrace augmented reality and immersive technologies in one form or another sooner rather than later, which means that this idea isn’t detached from reality. The hardware design itself is also based on a number of consistent rumors which don’t seem to want to go away, such as the idea of an edge-to-edge OLED display being offered in Apple’s high-end version of the next iPhone, as well as the integration of a virtual Home button. Check out the images for yourself and make your own mind up.

(source: Gabor Balogh)

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