By Jennifer LeClaire / CIO Today. Updated March 11, 2014.
Videos of a holographic iPhone 6 have been floating around Facebook for a while now, but are they for real or just wishful YouTube editing? Will Apple really push out a holographic iPhone complete with a pico projector or is it just the concept-maker’s dream?
There are several videos, some more futuristically bold than others. The least fantastical, yet most realistic, comes from a British design artist that shows what he calls the “iPhone Air.” That device features a 4.7-inch full 1080p HD screen.
With the “Air” moniker, the smartphone would be about .28 inches thick -- nearly 10 percent thinner than the current iPhone 5s. The “iPhone Air,” video creator Sam Beckett supposed, would also carry a larger screen.
"IPhone and iOS are the sole property of Apple, Inc.," wrote Beckett at the beginning of the video to avoid any confusion. "This is an independently animated video for the purposes of visualizing potential future hardware and software concepts."
Other videos showing holographic iPhones don’t make such disclaimers -- and those are the ones that really have people talking. Some consumers actually believe this is reality, but most who see the concepts realize a holographic iPhone is a long way off.
One of the videos comes from SET Solution. The company has imagined an iPhone where users can swipe the screen out to the left and right, essentially winding up with three screens. Two of them are holographic.
Another concept video comes from China Echos, showing a razor thin iPhone that lets the user pull out a holographic keyboard and type on it. This device would also offer a holographic display. This device would be a portable computer in its smallest form. But analysts aren’t buying into the futuristic fun.
Wanted: Larger Screen
We caught up with Roger Entner, a principal analyst at Recon Analytics, to get his take on the futuristic iPhone 6 videos showing up on the Internet. He told us he hasn’t seen them -- but he’s not buying.
“We can’t create holographs with tons of machines in the background, why would we be able to do that in the palm of our hand?” Entner asked. “I think it’s an awesome vision. It’s a great idea. I just don’t think we are there yet in reality. It would be awesome news if it were true.”
That said, Entner does see room for improvement in the next version of the iPhone. Of all the videos out there, he said Beckett’s seems the most realistic. Entner has long called for a larger iPhone screen.
“In Beckett’s video it looks like they are using sapphire glass, which is harder, heavier and less expensive but would probably let Apple do things thinner,” Entner said. “We’ll probably see a processor upgrade, a better screen with more sensors in it. We really need to see a larger screen.”