It has been awhile since we have seen a unique iPhone concept and as such when I saw Peter Zigich’s new next-generation iPhone concept I knew I had to share it with you guys.
When designing this iPhone concept, Zigich knew there was three key areas he had to address: improve the iPhone 5’s already spectacular design, compete with cheap smartphones and also compete with large screen smartphones (phablets).
In order to address these three areas Zigich came up with the idea to move the home button to the side of the device. Doing this means one could end up with a bigger screen or a smaller screen.
Let’s take the case of the iPhone 5. If the home button is moved to the side of the device it allows for an extra row of icons and the dimensions remain the same. Zigich didn’t just move the home button to the side of the device though, put one on both sides of the device. He thinks that this allows for “more possible functions combining left & right Home buttons with single, double, triple click. (Example: double click left Home button then single click right Home button; or press left & right at the same time, etc).”
Considering Apple has 4 different iPod versions, why should the iPhone be limited? If you take the home button away from the iPhone 4 and instead of increasing the screen size, shrink it, you are left with an iPhone Mini. Furthermore, why not also have an iPhone XL with the same design?
It is definitely an interesting concept and could indeed work. Many have predicted that Apple would get rid of the home button to make more room for a larger display with a virtual home button, but as far as I know this is the first concept that showcasing a side positioned home button.