Two more sweet iPhone 6 concepts Apple should (but won't) make

An iPhone 6 that perfects what Samsung got right with the Galaxy Note and fits into a gaming controller with built-in projector? Yes, please.

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We could see something like this iPhone 6 concept one day, but probably not from Apple. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Two more epic iPhone 6 concepts get an "A" for imagination. We've already seen awesome but certainly impractical dual-screen and holographic iPhone 6 concepts, but the latest visions from the "If I were Tim Cook" department spotlight a new iPhone that borrows lots of practical features from the likes of Samsung, and also adds the option of an over-the-top "iController" for gaming.

First let's take a look at what designer Sahanan Yogarasa -- who also brought us the dual-screen iPhone 6 notion -- has dubbed the "iPhone 6 Pro." As outlined in the first video below, it's ultra-thin, features some nice camera upgrades, a new notification light around the home button, a heart rate monitor and a Galaxy Note-like stylus.

None of these upgrades and features is beyond the realm of possibility and may even be likely, except for the stylus, which seems to violate a key tenet of Apple's philosophy in regards to designing with an eye for simplicity.

But then there is the second concept in this series from Yogarasa, which features an iController that docks with the iPhone 6 Pro to create a gaming controller. Plenty of iOS-compatible game controllers are already available from third parties, but it would be interesting to see an official design from Apple.

What seems least likely is that Apple (or anyone else, for that matter) would invest in the projector technology shown in this concept that would allow the game being played to be projected on a wall or other surface. Ostensibly, the projector swivels to compensate for the movement of the controller in the hand -- few of us keep our hands perfectly still while gaming -- but it's hard to imagine this type of technology being both near perfection and inexpensive enough to include in a mass-produced smartphone.

I do like the other potential (and more practical) use for the iController that Yogarasa imagines, however -- turning an iPhone into a desktop system by projecting a display out one side of the controller and a holographic keyboard of sorts out of the other.

Again, this violates much of what Apple stands for, so I don't think we'll see it in the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 12, for that matter. The Galaxy Note 6, on the other hand, could be different. Samsung can't seem to get enough of such gimmicky features.

 

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