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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs worked closely on the upcoming redesigned iPhone (5).
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October, one person said.
Another source said that Jobs had played a "key role in developing" Apple's next-generation iPhone.
If Apple were to perform a major redesign of the iPhone, it would be the device's first since the iPhone 4 arrived in mid-2010. The previous design, that of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, was also kept for two years before the current form factor was introduced.
Before the WSJ reported that people familiar with the matter said, the new iPhone (5) which is expected Apple to unveil this year is likely to have a larger display than its current models have. The new screens measure at least 4 inches diagonally.
Production is set to begin next month, the people said. Analysts have predicted that the next iPhone will come out in the fall.
Apple is working with several screen makers on the new phone, including South Korea's LG Display Co., Japan's Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc., which was created last month by three Japanese companies and the government.