By Salvador Rodriguez
8:00 AM PDT, May 19, 2012
Deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs played a key part in developing the next iPhone, which is expected to be redesigned and have a larger screen than past models.
Jobs, who died in October a day after the iPhone 4S was announced, worked closely on the sixth-generation iPhone as well, according to a new report.
In 2010, he said no one would buy a smartphone so big you couldn't get your hand around it. But with more rumors supporting a larger-screen iPhone, it appears that Jobs may have changed his mind before he passed away. Or at least compromised.
The next iPhone is expected to have a 4-inch screen, up from the current 3.5-inch screen, but the latest report backing the new feature says the phone won't necessarily need to get bigger to accommodate the larger screen.
"A 4-inch screen, measured diagonally, can fit on the face of the iPhone with the current dimensions," a Bloomberg News report says.
The next iPhone, expected to hit stores in October, is also expected to finally work on 4G networks. It would join the third-generation iPad, which became the first Apple product to work with 4G earlier this year.
And the sixth-generation iPhone will have an overhauled looked too, according to the report. This would be the first time a significant change is made to the iPhone aesthetics since the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010.
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