A rumor has surfaced recently that Apple will introduce the next-generation iPhone with a larger screen and major redesign. It is also said that the display and the overhaul were things that the late CEO Steve Jobs “worked closely on” before he died.
Next-generation iPhone: Featuring a Larger Screen
It was previously reported that the upcoming handset would feature a four-inch screen, which is a bit larger than what its predecessors have sported since 2007. In fact, the companies LG, Sharp, and Japan Display Inc. were allegedly tapped to supply the said component for the company.
The production is supposed to start next month, which would allow the manufacturing process to go full speed this August and the forthcoming mobile phone to be announced in time for a fall 2012 launch. The truly interesting part of this rumor, however, is that “Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October.”
If the rumors are true, this will be Apple’s first major redesign since iPhone 4. The designs that were implemented in iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS remained the standard for two years before the current model was introduced.
Larger Screen, Unibody Case, LTE Chip
Various media outlets are reporting similar claims this week. This makes the likelihood of Apple releasing a four-inch mobile phone a possibility. There were also claims that releasing a larger screen was the company’s response to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Android phone boasts a 4.8-inch AMOLED screen.
Prior to now, the next-generation iPhone was said to feature a unibody case. In a note to investors sent by Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets last month, he suggested that the upcoming handset would have a unibody case:
“In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case. This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade.”
Other than that, the forthcoming mobile phone is rumored to carry Qualcomm’s MDM9615 LTE chip. It can support voice and data connections through 4G networks, and it is expected to become a “world” device that is compatible with LTE markets around the world.
Apple is expected to release its next-generation iPhone this fall, just a year after the iPhone 4S was released. Despite the promising components that it could sport, it remains to be seen whether it can surpass the features that its predecessor offered.