Steve’s last iPhone: Jobs worked on new larger screen iPhone before his death, says source

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) is preparing to overhaul the look of its iPhone, three people with knowledge of the plans said,” Adam Satariano and Jun Yang report for Bloomberg. “Apple 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.”

Satariano and Yang report, “The design change will be Apple’s first for the iPhone since 2010, when it introduced the iPhone 4… A new iPhone could be released by October, analysts have predicted. 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… The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Apple would be adding a 4-inch screen… Production could begin as early as next month, the report said.”

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“What’s unclear is whether the screen size change means the device will be bigger or the screen will take up more space on the front — with the iPhone keeping the same general dimensions it has had since 2007,” Satariano and Yang report. “A 4-inch screen, measured diagonally, can fit on the face of the iPhone with the current dimensions.”

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19 Comments

  1. After the launch, Tim, Jony, and Phil look at each other and simultaneously ask the heavens, “Now WTF do we do?”

    Silence ensues and the slow decline begins.

  2. “P”
    Are we looking at being depressing on a friday??

    Apple is set to take over the home entertainment market. Take a slow look around and see Apple focused and everyone else fragmented.

    I see Apple taking a more and more focused stance over the next 3-4 years.

    Just a thought,

  3. “one person said” ? There must be thousands of techies who claim to have known everything Steve did or was doing in the last days. They come out of the woodwork every week on cue to reveal the next greatest thing. Yeah right.

    The iPhone is a pocketable device. They would have to rename it the HighPhone if they make it any taller.

    1. Not only this is “one person said” type of “news”. This is also a story that makes no worth even if it is true. Steven Jobs — along with Jonathan Ive and others — always worked on devices of various sizes that were never released and even were never meant to be released. Just for research of concepts, and usability tests, et cetera.

    2. I think is will be more a matter of wider than taller that will keep me from “upgrading”. I had a bag phone back in the 90s. We made great progress then for a good while. This? No. Sorry.

      1. If they made the phone 5mm longer and wider, that’s 2.5mm each edge, you’d barely even notice after the first couple of days using it. You’re lying to yourself to say otherwise; either that or a complete idiot.

  4. Apple is poised to announce in August that smart phones are no longer cool and they will be re-releasing the Motorola Bag phone declaring that phone reception, attractive carrying case, and additional weight (the iWorkout) are the future trends. After realizing the retina display is “the best we can do”, screens on phones will be replaced with rotary dials because in the words of the late Steve Jobs, “We missed the clicking sound. And, have you ever tried to dial a number on a touch screen using the eraser end of a pencil?”

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