Weird iPhone 7 concept inspired by Apple Watch

File photo.

File photo.  (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

Another year, another iPhone. But before all the rumors and leaks start surfacing, artists have been hard at work coming up with ideas about what the next iPhone could look like. But this concept takes the cake. In a video uploaded to its YouTube channel, ConceptsiPhone showed off an iPhone 7 with a bizarre feature borrowed from the Apple Watch - the Digital Crown.

Added to the right side of the phone above a volume button is the knob from the Apple watch. Presumably, you'd rotate it to navigate the proposed iPhone 7, and the dial would also house the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and act as a home button. In place of the traditional home button below the screen is a proposed Sense Button, which ConceptsiPhone describes as a set of sensors that catch your gesture and movements.

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The rest of the video describes other aspects of the proposed iPhone 7, such as a so-called Retina HD+ (2560 x 1440) display, thinner-than-ever 6.9 mm profile and purported A9 CPU and M9 motion co-processors. Other than the addition of the Digital Crown, the concept iPhone 7, designed by Antonio de Rosa, looks largely similar to the iPhone 6.

ConceptsiPhone more recently put out a video of what it thinks iOS 9's lock screen could look like. The conceptualized OS features a lock screen that groups your notifications and lets you carry out actions such as reply to a text, add and edit your reminders or return a missed call.

The Apple Watch has proven immensely popular despite its high starting price, and the company has already received close to a million pre-orders for the device. But while people may like the Apple Watch and its features, we're not sure they'll enjoy having a large, protruding knob on the side of their sleek smartphones. Thankfully, this is all just a concept and seems very unlikely to come to pass.

When staff writer Cherlynn Low's not writing about wearables, cameras and smartphones, she's devouring old episodes of Torchwood or The X-Files. Or taking selfies. Follow Cherlynn @cherlynnlow . Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide and on Facebook.