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!