I know what you’re thinking: great, another iPhone rumor. Well, in less than 6 months, the world’s most popular tech company is expected to give its most popular product a major makeover — get used to them. Now, onto the latest rumblings.

Citing sources with “knowledge of the plans,” Bloomberg is out with a new report tonight regarding Apple’s next smartphone. Not only does the news outlet confirm previous reports that it has a larger screen, but it says Steve Jobs himself designed it…

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) is preparing to overhaul the look of its iPhone, three people with knowledge of the plans said, refreshing the company’s top-selling product amid competition from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, 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.”

While it’s not surprising that Jobs had a hand in the design, it’s interesting to hear that he “worked closely” on the device during what were likely his final months. It certainly adds to the mounting pile of anticipation for the handset.

It’s also worth noting that this now makes three major news publications that have independently confirmed Apple is ordering displays larger than 3.5″ for its next iPhone, suggesting we might actually see the long-awaited redesign this year.

Is it just me, or would it be cool to see Jobs’ napkin drawings of designs for the next-generation iPhone?

[9to5Mac]

  • I am looking forward to seeing what it look’s like.

  • don’t understand why so many care about THAT few-inch difference when 3.5” is the best selling phone in the world…

    it should make NO difference,NO significant different, unless apple make an iPhone Note with 5-inch BIG and STUPID screen….

    • Anonymous

      It won’t be a ‘few-inch difference’, it will be likely only a half-inch larger. And as you say ‘no difference’, they should make the screen larger. If it doesn’t make a difference, than you shouldn’t care.

      • OK NO difference means NO different experience on the screen only,
        but other stuff changes, to bad side, OK?

  • I really don’t like the idea of a 4″ screen. If they change the aspect ratio, then devs have to make ANOTHER ui in their apps. If they change the PPI, the image quality is a little worse. If they change the resolution, devs have to have 3 or 4 sets of all their icons in their apps. Just sounds like a mess. And on top of that, apple originally chose 3.5″ because your thumb can reach over the whole screen at that size.

    • I’m sure they wouldn’t make the change unless their solution was a little more elegant than that.
      I’ve no doubt they’re already aware of the mess of different resolutions one app must have for four different displays.

    • Anonymous

      So you’re saying they should keep the screen at exactly 3.5″ for all eternity because it might inconvenience some devs.
      I’m ok with the current screen but I’m not against it being enlarged. Preferably if they can increase the screen without increasing the device dimensions.

  • Keep the height the same, widen the screen bit… and I’ll upgrade.

    • Anonymous

      Even the height has to be increased…..just a bit….a 4 inches display should be enough to keep the similar iPhone 4S winner size…maybe..home button has to go…they need to find a solution…and probably you won’t loose one hand usability

      • Agreed. I meant the height of the phone itself. I meant if they increased the screen size, I still wouldn’t purchase it unless there was also a slight widening of the phone.. I’d sacrifice the home button, personally; I never utilize it anymore, anyway.

      • So when you’re in an app you just restart your phone every time?

      • Taz

        you never utilize it anymore ? i find that very hard to believe seeing as how you need it to leave just about every app

      • To the people below, I use Zephyr to exit apps; a quick slide up option to exit. There is no reason Apple cannot utilize multitasking gestures like Zephyr or the already created pinch to close app option on the iPad. Home button is unnecessary.

  • Well if steve jobs worked closely on it i bet its going to be awesome as always no matter what.

    And jobs was after the new iphone instead of the iphone 4s

  • I still want the “teardrop” iPhone.

  • Steve jobs took his leave a year before he passed and the condition seemed to take a toll on him. Do you think it’s possible that he still has the strength to design an iPhone or is this a hype from Bloomberg?

  • a bit offtopic,but i hope iOS6 will have interactive(or “animated-and-updating”,if you know what i mean) icons and backround….it would be great right? i saw unofficial concept of it somewhere here