If you’re getting yourself an iPhone 4S solely as a tribute to Steve Jobs, perhaps you should wait. Contrary to popular belief, the 4S wasn’t the last product he oversaw.
In fact, CNET says Jobs wasn’t all that involved in the project. Instead, he was fully focused on Apple’s next blockbuster device — the iPhone 5, “the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design, wrote Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, in a research note. “For that reason … this product will establish the high water mark for iPhone volumes.”
In line with rumors spawned before the release of the 4S, Kumar believes the next generation iPhone will be slimmer and have a larger screen size, while retaining the dimensions of the 4S. He also expects the new device to feature LTE, stepping up the iPhone’s connectivity to 4G.
While I can’t say for sure whether the iPhone 5 will have a slimmer profile or a bigger screen, I’m willing to bet on a new design. After being enticed with numerous iPhone 5 prototypes, with one fan going so far as to build a real design model, Apple followers were no disappointed by the recycled look and feel of the 4S.
But I can’t imagine Tim Cook wants to come on stage to introduce yet another iPhone with the same old design, would he? That’s not the best way to tell the world that you’re innovative — especially when you’ll be compared to someone who changed the music industry, the way we use mobile phones, and dominated the tablet market — and transformed a failing business into the world’s most valuable company.
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