Following months of speculation, Apple has finally confirmed reports of an iPhone-related announcement at their Cupertino headquarters on October 4. Apple news junkies weren't too surprised as the date emerged on Apple blogs weeks ago, and if the fanboys are right, the phone's new design won't be too surprising either. As one Twitter user suggested, the iPhone 5 or whatever it's called will be "just an iPad 2 cut into quarters." The fact of the matter is, most smartphones that have been released since the original iPhone dropped jaws in 2007 look exactly the same. As Apple's graham cracker-shaped touchscreen design takes over the market--and Apple continues to mount patent infringement lawsuits against companies that copy it too closely--other companies are trying to break the mold. Some of the designs are pretty weird, but as Steve Jobs once said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
Apple's biggest design rival released images of this concept over the summer, and rumors have been circulating lately that they're going to bring the phone to market in 2012. The futuristic device is impossibly thin, virtually indestructible and can be bent into any shape. Using highly efficient AMOLED technology, the phone is essentially one big screen that's "rollable, bendable and can even survive blows from hammer," according to the International Business Times. The technical specifications are expected to be on par with those of the latest iPhone, and it will reportedly run on a new Google operating system called Android Flexy. Did we mention it bends?