Concept pics show big and beautiful iPhone 6 models

iPhone 6 concept by Federico Ciccarese

Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has a knack for taking mere rumors and turning them into lovely renderings of what the next Apple products might look like. I think these pictures he just released on Friday are probably the closest approximation yet of what we’ll see when the iPhone 6 is released.

How big will the new iPhones be? Ciccarese’s starting point for his designs was the The Wall Street Journal‘s educated guesses on Jan. 24 of this year.

In the following illustrations, he shows us his impressions of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. For scale, he compares the two with today’s iPhone 5S:

As the story goes, each of the new larger iPhones will have an aspect ratio of 16:9, with the 4.7-inch model having a 750×1338-pixel screen. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is predicted to have a 878×1568 resolution.

While I thought upgrading to the iPhone 5S from the iPhone 5 was pointless, I’m looking forward to upgrading to a larger screen on the iPhone 6. I hope Federico’s design is accurate, because I especially like the curved back of each of his designs.

Besides adding visual interest to the iPhone 6’s shape, that curvature could have a practical purpose — it would be easier to pick it up. The way it is now, you practically have to stick a fingernail under it to pick it up.

Of course, these designs are speculative, and the actual iPhone 6 might be quite different. However, Ciccarese’s previous predictions of upcoming iPhones have been impressively prescient. I think we’ll have to wait until May to see if he’s right.

Meanwhile, take a look at Federico’s concept for Apple’s allegedly upcoming iWatch:

Images: Ciccarese Design