“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.”
“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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