Apple iPhoneys: The iPhone 5 Edition

Can't wait for the next Apple iPhone? Neither can these designers, marketers and iPhone addicts.

Apple (AAPL) nation has really been left up in the air about what the iPhone 5 will look like, if there even is a product introduced this year that will go by that name. Some say Apple can't wait to put the iPhone 4 and its antenna problems and white model issues behind it, while others wonder if more of an iPhone/iPad combo is in the works. Technologies expected to be supported in a new edition of the iPhone range from near-field communications (NFC) to a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chip to facial recognition and improved video chat. All of which have given creative minds some interesting ideas about what the iPhone 5 (or whatever it's called) will look like. Here's a sampling.

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