Over the final few months of his life, Steve Jobs was undoubtedly planning on how he could ensure Apple was in safe hands after the inevitable was to happen. He was very ill, and most of us knew it. As soon as he’d announced that Tim Cook was taking over, there was no going back. On October 4th, Tim Cook and a bunch of other Apple SVP’s took the stage to unveil Apple’s latest iPhone and iPods. The iPhone 4S event went fairly well, with Steve Jobs satisfied. Any who followed that announcement will remember how toned down, and almost melancholic it was. The next day, Steve died. But, if rumor has it correct, he didn’t leave Apple in the dark as to what its next move should be.
Rumor has it (no Adele pun intended) that Jobs left 4-5 years of plans for Apple, in order to keep it at the forefront of pop-culture technology. During his time he’d brought together a world-beating team of executives, designers and engineers. All who were onboard with his vision. Isaacson also unveiled in Jobs’s bio that the co-founder had “cracked” the TV. However, when Jobs’ wasn’t busy inventing new concepts for TV and cars, Jobs liked to focus on one of his most recent post-PC era devices: the iPhone.
Bloomberg is reporting that before Jobs died, he played a “key role” in the development of Apple’s next 4″ iPhone. Their sources state that up until Jobs’ death on October 5, he was working on the next big iPhone re-design, that would mainly feature a 4″ Retina display. The phone would more than likely keep the same aspect ratio and pixels as the iPhone 4(S), so developers can easily develop for the next iPhone. Bloomberg also states that the next iPhone’s only major new features will be the bigger display and 4G LTE.
If Steve Jobs really was working on the next iPhone up until his death, I think we’re all going to be satisfied with what will be unveiled sometime within the next few months.