iPhone 5, not 4S, was Steve Jobs' final project

The iPhone 5 was the late Apple founder's last major project, according to reports, which could confer cult status on the device.

It's less than a week since the iPhone 4S was released to positive reviews and even more enthusiastic high fives, but attention has already turned to its successor -- the iPhone 5 -- with the news that it was Steve Jobs' last project.

Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, wrote in a research note that the next-generation iPhone "was the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design," our sister site CNET News reports.

Kumar reckons this will make it a "cult classic", due to the emotional clout it will possess being the final device to benefit from the late visionary's Midas touch.

The iPhone 5 is a complete redesign, according to an anonymous source CNET News spoke to. "This is a very large project that Steve dedicated all of his time to. He was not that involved in the 4S because his time was limited."

Kumar's note suggested that while the iPhone 5 would stay the same size, it would house a bigger screen and feature LTE data -- aka 4G. It also said it should debut around the time of Apple's Developer's Conference in summer next year, which is less than a year away.

Combined with the fact that most people were ready for a new design at the time of the 4S's premiere last week, the expectations will be so huge that the world may literally implode.

Does the revelation make you more excited about the iPhone 5? Or does the idea of a cult of Jobs turn you off completely? Let us know on our Facebook page, or in the comments below.

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