This iPhone 8 concept is actually close to what the iPhone 8 is rumored to look like. That’s rare for a concept mockup, and also bad news for those of us who like our iPhones non-smashed.

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Current wisdom has the iPhone 7 returning to the design language of the iPhone 4 generation, but with some changes. It’s supposed to be glass front and back, with slightly curved screen edges, an aluminum chassis, and much thinner than the older generation.

Frankly, it looks fantastic. The thin design, bigger screen and wider camera lens look fantastic, and very evocative of the Jet Black color that’s been so popular with the iPhone 8. Unfortunately, no one is ever going to see the design, because it’s going to be perma-covered with a case.

Let’s face it: an all-glass smartphone is going to get scratched and smashed so quickly. From my experience with all-glass Android phones, they’re intensely slippery, so if you put it down on a table that’s not perfectly flat, it’s going to end on the floor, guaranteed.

I appreciate the design aesthetic that drives Apple, but iPhones are ultimately meant to be practical devices that everyone carries around. Why bother designing a phone so beautiful when it’s going to be hidden in a $14.99 Amazon case for its entire life? The iPhone 5 and 6 series nailed the design: provided you’re remotely careful, you can (and should) use the phone naked. This iPhone concept? Not so much.

 

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