From camera upgrades to subtle design adjustments, most iPhone rumors follow a fairly standard pattern. But sometimes we see something really surprising – and this latest leak falls completely into that category.
Yep, we’re looking at another released Apple archive. This time, it looks like the company is working on an iPhone that borrows one of the most controversial (and most memed) design features from one of our best graphic design computers.
According to archives, discovered by Patently Apple, a future iPhone can draw design inspiration from the current Mac Pro – a machine whose aesthetics are often compared to a cheese grater. Illustrations reveal an iPhone with the grid design around the edges, and Apple suggests that the design can be extended to other devices such as the Apple Watch.
Apple claims the design to be a solution to the problem of heat management. “Recent advances in electronic devices have enabled high levels of performance,” the company says, but most current form factors are unable to “efficiently distribute or repel heat generated by the electronic device to the environment.”
Apple also suggests that the design can improve the overall strength of the device without adding weight – resulting in “a relatively light, yet extremely strong and rigid electronic device”. (Sounds like shaking.)
Honestly? When we first saw this, we thought it was an April Fools. An iPhone with a Mac Pro-inspired design sounds downright ridiculous – both products exist at opposite ends of Apple’s product range, with the latter aimed at power users with a a lot of cash to burn. What now? An iPhone with $ 699 wheels? Also, an iPhone with hundreds of small holes sounds like an absolute nightmare to clean.
Of course, this is just a patent. Apple is probably just exploring the idea – and if it is ever fulfilled, it may look completely different from the illustrations in the archive. We absolutely doubt that the iPhone 13 will have the ostriver. That said, judging by the iPhone 13 leaks we’ve seen so far, there could certainly be some design surprises in store this year.