It’s well documented that late Apple mastermind Steve Jobs worked on projects many years before they would ever land in the hands of tech fans, and a new report suggests that Jobs may even have had a hands-on approach with the design of the rumoured iPhone 5 handset prior to his death.
Bloomberg states that Jobs is thought to have been closely tied to the development of the next Apple smartphone, the second to be released since the iconic tech leader died.
Which makes some of the report’s other snippets of information all the more interesting. Bloomberg are citing several sources who claim that the next iPhone is to ditch the range’s traditional 3.5 inch size in favour of a screen approaching the 4-inch mark.
Jobs often stated that the 3.5 inch handset size was the “sweetspot” for mobile phone design; big enough to produce detailed, legible graphics, but small enough to fit comfortably in the hand and pocket.
If a new iPhone bumps up the screen size, does that mean Jobs had a change of heart? Of course it also depends upon what other tech makes its way into the phone that justifies or can only be facilitated by a larger size. Or had the visionary Jobs felt forced to join the screen-size race that Samsung’s Galaxy Note is the poster-boy for?
Other interesting tidbits from the report suggest a return to the angular design of the iPhone 4 and 4S rather than the older “teardrop” look of the 3GS, as well as a possible metal backplate.