After WSJ, Bloomberg and Reuters also revealed Apple is set to introduce a new iPhone with a larger screen. According to Bloomberg, Apple is set to introduce a new iPhone with a larger screen and an overhaul design that Steve Jobs “worked closely on” before passing away.
According to people who are familiar with Apple’s plans, it appears the Cupertino California company has ordered screens from suppliers that are “bigger than the 3.5-inch size” that the iPhone has been sporting since its debut in 2007.” The report noted that “Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October” and another source claimed that Jobs had played a “key role in developing” Apple’s next-generation iPhone.
If Apple was to perform a major redesign of the iPhone, it would be the device’s first re-design since the iPhone 4 arrived in mid-2010. The previous design found incorporated into the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, was also kept for two years before the current form factor was introduced. With three mainstream media outlets reporting similar claims in the same week, the likelihood that Apple will expand the screen on its best-selling handset appear to be high. Previous reports indicated that LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display are al readying production lines for 4-inch displays bound for Apple’s next-generation iPhone. Furthermore, according to a report from Reuters, the production of the new screens could begin as soon as next month, ahead of full production of the next-generation iPhone in August.
Analysts have suggested that Apple’s interest in a larger-screen iPhone comes in response to pressure from increasing screen sizes offering by competing Android handsets. The next-generation iPhone is widely expected to hit the market in the fall, roughly one year after the sale of the iPhone 4S. We’ll have to wait and see how much truth there is to the information by being patient.