Steve Jobs with iPhone

You can be sure that the Apple camp in Cupertino has ideas and plans sketched out for future devices years before they ever make it to market. In fact, Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder and former CEO, worked closely on the redesign for the next-generation, 4-inch iPhone before he passed away last October.

According to a report from Bloomberg, which corroborates with a number of claims we’ve seen from several major publications this week, Apple’s upcoming iPhone will finally break away from the design that the company introduced with the iPhone 4 back in 2010, adding a larger 4-inch display that will help the device bridge the gap between Android handsets from the likes of Samsung and HTC.

The report also cites an unnamed source who reveals that Steve Jobs oversaw the handset’s redesign while he was still Apple CEO:

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.

Previous reports from The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have also claimed that the sixth-generation iPhone will feature a larger, 4-inch display, and that Apple has already placed its orders with manufacturers. While Apple did introduce a high-resolution Retina display to its smartphone back in 2010, the handset has maintained a 3.5-inch screen since its debut in 2007.

Are you looking forward to a 4-inch iPhone?

[via Cult of Mac]