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Hilarious iPhone 7 concept mocks Apple, but it’s probably not too far from the real thing

by Jacob Kleinman | July 1, 2016July 1, 2016 7:00 am PST

We’ve seen plenty of beautiful concept designs for the iPhone 7, but not everyone is excited for Apple’s next smartphone. The device is expected to introduce some pretty minor changes, breaking the company’s tradition of offering a fresh design every two years. In response, one YouTube channel cobbled together a handmade iPhone 7 concept meant to poke some fun at Apple.

Created by YouTube channel PeripateticPandas, this physical concept design is really just an iPhone 6s with a few modifications. The headphone jack was soldered shut and a drill was used to create a second set of speaker grills in its place. The team also used an electric saw to remove the rear camera off a second iPhone and glue it onto the prototype for that rumored dual rear camera setup. Finally, a fresh coat of spray paint gives the iPhone 7 its new color (which may actually be a dark gray rather than blue) and re-positioned antenna bands.

PeripateticPandas also released an Apple-style introduction video, cleverly pointing out some of the issues with the rumored design. That includes the stereo speaker setup, which could make it difficult to hold the iPhone 7 in landscape mode without blocking one of the speakers. The video also mocks the dual rear cameras, which still don’t fix that protruding lens, along with a new color option allegedly meant to disguise the fact that this is the same basic design for the third year in a row.

This iPhone 7 mockup definitely goes a bit overboard, and we expect the real device to look a lot more polished. But Apple’s decision to stick with the same basic design (aside from a few small tweaks) for the third year in a row may open the company up to even more criticism once the new phone actually launches later this year.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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