iPhone 5 transparent concept looks stunning in mock advert

This cool advert for a possible future iPhone 5 shows off sports an 'iClear Retina Display' -- a transparent screen.

I'm looking through you -- you're not the same, as birthday boy Paul McCartney memorably put it. This cool advert for a possible future iPhone 5 definitely isn't the same -- and you can look through it.

The first glimpses of the next iPhone have started to emerge, revealing that the phone is set to have a new widescreen design. Those glimpses, such as the video comparing the prospective iPhone 5 with the current iPhone 4S , may or may not be genuine -- but we know this one's from the realm of pure fantasy.

Click play on the video to see the advert for the gorgeous see-through iPhone concept.

Designed by Apple fan Dakota Adney, this speculative iPhone concept design sports an 'iClear retina display' -- in other words, it's transparent, layering text, apps and games on the clear display.

The see-through screen is handy for taking photos, as well as offering augmented reality, layering information on the screen over whatever's in front of you.

Set the phone down on a flat surface and twin projectors beam a virtual keyboard in front of you, with sensors spotting where you tap and turning that into typing.

If you like the idea of a transparent phone, the designer of this concept has also put together a promo video for a transparent iPad.

For more mind-blowing concept phones, check out our favourite made-up iPhone 5 designs , our favourite made-up iPad designs , a Nokia phone that's a touchscreen all over , and a bendy PaperPhone flexible phone .

We're expecting to see the next iPhone this autumn. Whether it's called the iPhone 5 or the new iPhone, Apple's next blower will be the first to show off iOS 6 , the latest version of i-flavoured software, complete with improved Siri , a new Apple maps app and assorted other improvements.

Would you use a see-through phone? What would you like to see in the iPhone 5? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

About the author

Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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