The next generation iPhone, expected to be unwrapped by Apple sometime this year, could include a single unibody frame and larger screen, according to Apple Insider.

In projecting Apple’s share price could eventually rise to $1,001, Brian J. White from Topeka Capital Markets stated that the sixth generation iPhone will use a unibody frame that looks a lot like Apple’s current MacBook lineup. The new handset will also include a 4-inch screen and 4G/LTE connectivity.

In White’s estimation, Apple will begin production on the next iPhone in June. White recently toured key Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan.

According to the analyst:

“In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a Unibody case. This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade.”

These rumors are similar to others that suggest Apple is set to release an iPhone that looks radically different than the company’s latest two models, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

As a reminder, Apple has traditionally released new iPhones in June or July following WWDC. However, the company’s current model, the iPhone 4S, was released last October.

(Photo: iPhone concept by Apple Gazette)