Those of you that may be concerned about the future of the iPhone now that Steve Jobs is no longer at the helm may yet have something to look forward to. According to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, Apple’s next two iPhones were already designed under Steve Jobs’ watchful eye before Tim Cook took control as Apple’s CEO. According to Gascón, he received confirmation directly from Apple’s government liaison, Michael Foulkes.
“It was very underwhelming,” Gascón said about the hourlong talk with Apple’s government liaison,. “He did most of the talking. It was incredible. He would just go on and on, one subject to the next. It was hard to follow. It was almost like someone who’s been trained in the art of doing a lot of talking and saying nothing.” representatives, noting that the designs “preceded Tim Cook”.
From the San Francisco Examiner (via MacRumors), citing Gascón’s comments concerning the prevention of mobile device theft:
Gascón said Foulkes discussed the long and laborious process of researching and producing a kill-switch technology for devices, and also said the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed.
“They preceded Tim Cook,” the district attorney said he was told of the future iPhones.
Gascón said he doesn’t need to see the technology in the next iPhone, but simply wants a plan in place. He said industry insiders have told him the technology is possible.
If true, the claim would hardly be surprising. Steve Jobs was known for his obsessive attention to details, and has often been said to design products well in advance of their release. Previous reports have suggested that Steve Jobs planned out the next four years of Apple products before he passed away in October of 2011.
Other than the claim about future iPhone models, however, Gascón said his discussion with Foulkes was somewhat disappointing: “It was very underwhelming. He did most of the talking. It was incredible. He would just go on and on, one subject to the next. It was hard to follow. It was almost like someone who’s been trained in the art of doing a lot of talking and saying nothing.”