According to a new report published by Bloomberg, iPhone 5, Apple’s sixth-gen iPhone was one of the last product designs Steve Jobs worked on. Apple’s iPhone hasn’t seen any major redesign since the introduction of iPhone 4. So, it’s not difficult to imagine that the company would have started working on iPhone 5 design just as iPhone 4 was being launched.
When Steve Jobs took medical leave in January 2011 to focus on his health, in an internal memo to Apple employees he specifically mentioned, “I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” The report published by Bloomberg cites people familiar with the matter who claim that “Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October”.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, in an interview had mentioned that Apple’s secret design lab has “future for the next three years,”.
Considering the fact that Steve Jobs was still involved in major strategic decisions for Apple and the fact that iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S design remained almost the same it seems that iPhone 5 may very well be one of the “strategic” ideas Jobs was closely associated with.
The rumor mill is abuzz with news about the next gen iPhone 5 featuring 3.9 inch display with increased pixels and also include the next gen 4G networking. Even though 4-inch iPod touch display panels have been leaked on the internet it’s unclear if Apple will increase the size of the complete device or just increase the size of the display while still retaining the overall form factor and dimensions.
The current trend in the smartphone market seems to be to offer larger screen size phones however, Apple with its vision to maintain a streamlined product lineup has offered both iPhone and iPod touch in just one option i.e 3.5 inch display.
Apple is expected to unveil the sixth gen iPhone in October during a special media event. The new iPhone is also rumored to feature better cameras and faster processor with quad-core graphics chip.