Latest iPhone 6 mock-ups suggest iPod touch design influence (and that’s good!)

Physical mock-ups of Apple’s(s aapl) next iPhone have been making the on-line rounds of late, offering a glimpse of what to expect from Cupertino., which has shared images of the mock-ups for the past few weeks, compared them the current iPod touch on Friday, finding many design similarities. And that’s not a bad thing.

ipod touch v iphone 6

If the iPhone 6 mocks are the real deal, expect a thinner iPhone with fewer straight lines and hard edges. Like today’s iPod touch, the handset appears to have more rounded corners on the back of the phone. While I like my iPhone 5s, I actually enjoy holding the older iPod touch I still have even more for this very reason: the iPod touch doesn’t dig into my hand due to the softer edges.

It’s also interesting to note that the width of the iPod touch could represent the approximate width of the upcoming iPhone 6 display, which is expected to be 4.7-inches diagonally. That’s based on the iPod touch put on top of the handset mock and assuming that Apple still has some bezels on the side of the iPhone display.

ipod touch on top of iphone 6

Again, the industrial design of the last few iPhones has definitely set the handset apart from the smartphone pack. And a case can certainly soften those edges. But if the phone is going to be bigger — a near certainty from where I stand — it will be easier to use with one-hand if the device is thinner and has rounded edges. Considering the iPod touch is still one of my favorite devices of all time, I’m all for a new iPhone with iPod touch design elements.