Steve Jobs 'Worked Closely' on Design of Next-Generation iPhone with Larger Display

jobs white iphone 4Bloomberg reports that Steve Jobs was intimately involved in the design work for the next-generation iPhone scheduled for release later this year, reiterating claims that the device will be a substantial change from previous designs in part because of 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. [...]

Apple has been working on the new device since before the current iPhone 4S model was introduced last October, said one person with knowledge of the project. Jobs, who had gone on medical leave from Apple starting last January, played a key role in developing the phone, this person said.

Bloomberg becomes the third major publication to offer an independent report this week regarding a larger display for the next iPhone, following The Wall Street Journal and Reuters yesterday.

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Top Rated Comments

TimAlia Avatar
158 months ago
In other news... CEO of Apple was involved in planning the future of Apple.
Score: 64 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GlastoEls Avatar
158 months ago
Hang on, dear 3GS, hang on...
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
158 months ago
They will say Steve was attached to many projects moving forward.

a) it's most likely true for the next few years
b) it's good PR for stockholders
c) it's good PR for apple fans
d) it's good PR for the press

But - isn't it funny how so many MR posters insist that Apple would never change their size from 3.5" because STEVE (and crew) had done so much research (5 years ago folks) and determined 3.5 was optimal.

Can't wait to see all the backpeddling
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
One Bad Duck Avatar
158 months ago
Oh Yeah?

Here we go - something tells me this "Steve Job stamp of approval" is going to be coming out for a lot of future apple products well into the future.. Seems like this man continues to change the world even after he has passed on.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacDawg Avatar
158 months ago
Not a surprise that he would have been involved in this design
These would be in the works for a while

I just hope it isn't the "tall" design in the mock ups
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iSayuSay Avatar
158 months ago
When Steve worked closely on a larger iPhone, there will be no more saying '3.5" is enough for a phone' comments because Steve said otherwise ;)
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)