This iPhone 5 concept makes us drool

24 August, 2011 - Killian Bell
iPhone 5 concept

There’s a number of features we expect to see introduced to Apple’s iPhone 5, such as an 8-megapixel camera, near-field communications technology, and possibly a dual-LED flash. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would come with a ‘laser keyboard’ and a ‘holographic display’.

However, the guys at San Francisco design house Aatma Studio did. In this concept video, we see a beautifully ‘ultra thin’ iPhone that actually looks too thin to be plausible; no thinner than a Ryvita cracker bread. It features an edge-to-edge display, and two – yes, two! – front-facing cameras.

But after seeing the device itself, things get even more fascinating when we take a look at two of its most impressive features. Firstly there’s the ‘laser keyboard’, which allows you to sit your iPhone down and have a light-based keyboard projected out onto your desk so that all you have to do to type is tap the surface. This isn’t such a farfetched feature – you can actually buy devices that project a keyboard onto your desk for your PC – but I can’t see it making its way to the iPhone. At least not with the iPhone 5 anyway.

And then there’s the ‘holographic display’, which looks like something from a science fiction film. This feature allows you to place your iPhone on a flat surface and project a 2D hologram of the display in mid-air. So instead of watching films on your iPhone’s tiny screen, you can project them onto the air in front of you.

While these features are a little far-fetched, you can’t deny that they’re also incredibly cool. Watch the video above and tell me you wouldn’t like to see a laser keyboard and a holographic display in your iPhone.

[Via Cult of Mac]

About the author

Killian Bell is a freelance journalist based in Worcestershire UK. In addition to writing about all things Apple, he's one of the co-founders of the football site TitleTalk. You can follow him on and Twitter.