Steve Jobs Personally Oversaw The Design Of Apple’s Upcoming 4-Inch iPhone [Rumor]

Steve Jobs Personally Oversaw The Design Of Apple’s Upcoming 4-Inch iPhone [Rumor]

Steve Jobs showing off the white iPhone 4

Reiterating previous claims that Apple is set to unveil a larger 4-inch iPhone later this year, Bloomberg now reports that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs “closely” oversaw the new design of the sixth-generation iPhone.

The device will supposedly be a departure from the design Apple introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010, and the current 3.5-inch screen will be replaced with a larger display.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has placed orders from suppliers in Asia for screens that are bigger than the 3.5- inch size now on the smartphone, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October, one person said.

The design change will be Apple’s first for the iPhone since 2010, when it introduced the iPhone 4. Electronics makers, led by Samsung, are moving toward bigger screens, as consumers use handheld devices for a broader array of tasks, including watching video, playing games and browsing the Web.

Two other mainstream publications, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, have also said that Apple is planning a 4-inch iPhone for release this October. It’s currently unclear how Apple will implement the redesign specifically.

Bloomberg has proven to be a reliable source of Apple’s plans in the past. Interestingly, iMore has reported that Apple has yet to decide on a design for the next iPhone.

Whether Apple decides to go with a 4-inch display or not, the iPhone is definitely due for a design refresh. We can’t wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve later this year!

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  • Terra Evony

    I’d be delighted if the iPhone got a new UI interface redesign also, using something like the Windows Live Tile things on the traditional iOS icon and screen interface and feel to it, with a 4.3 inch Retina Display screen and a nice amped up set of cameras a new iPhone would dominate

  • Jubert Lowe III

    I could see it now, a nice fresh new design 4inch screen and iOS 6 bringing some great changes.

  • Robert Norris Hills

    L.O.L. Now watch the iSheep flock to the new device stating 4 inches is “The perfect size” I’ve never seen a cult following more happy to accept whatever is put in front of them without question. 

  • Fernando Teixeira

    As Cook said on the final minutes of the new iPad presentation: “there are much more coming this year, this is just the beginning”. I got the feeling that we are going to be thrilled about this next iPhone.

  • ApplePr0n

    @ Robert Norris Hills. Actually, I for one have been saying that 4 inches is the perfect size. 3.5 is a little amall and 4.3 is a little big. I’m a big fan of 4 inch screens so if the next iPhone is 3.5 i’ll be a little disappointed to be honest

  • RollSeven

    Robert,
    Keep “following” your Android platform and its 3000+ known malware. I’ll happily keep following Apple & the simplicity & security it offers. Bahhhhh Bahhhhh.

  • Heikii Kawaguchi

    Really, I doubt that he had done that. He may have given the green light for a bigger screen as other vendors were already on that kind of size. I personally stick to smaller 3.5 screen. If I want a mobile TV I will buy a Note. But anyway… the sect of Mac has to follow whatever the boss says

  • Ed_Kel

    This was in the news just shortly after Steve Job’s passing and it was widely accepted that his last product was the redesigned iPhone. Sorry CoM, but you’re a little late on this one.

  • BrianK_DC

    Lol. Watch the phandroids continue to suffer fro buyer’s remorrse and flock to the new iPhone in droves.

  • ApplePr0n

    I’m hoping for a sexy redesign of the iPhone. I really feel that Apple has the ability to knock the design out of the park haha. 

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