Rumor: Steve Jobs left four year product plan at Apple

Even though Steve Jobs left the day-to-day business activities at Apple several months before his death on Wednesday afternoon, many people have speculated that Jobs's influence will be felt at the company he helped to found for years to come. The Develop web site reports that a UK-based newspaper today claims to have info that Jobs left a four year product road map for Apple to follow after his death.

The report, which came via unnamed sources from The Times UK daily newspaper today, claims that road map includes new versions of Apple's flagship products like the MacBook notebook, the iPod media player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet. Indeed the newspaper claims that the next version of the iPhone will be what is called a "legacy device". It claims that the next version of the iPhone won't be released until late 2012 or early 2013. As we reported earlier this week, Apple announced plans to release the iPhone 4S one week from today on October 14.

The article also brings up the speculation once again that Apple could be preparing to launch its next major product, which could see Apple-branded full sized televisions with a touch screen and Apple's iOS operating system running things inside. Jobs also helped to develop the iCloud service which will launch alongside iOS 5 when it becomes available on October 12. Jobs also worked hard to secure a new office building for Apple's worldwide headquarters in Cupertino, California a few months before he died.

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I think the TV would have some gesture-based recognition too, like Kinect. And I see Touch TVs being very successful in classrooms and offfice presentations.

This would be another market that Microsoft created a long time ago, and Apple is going to monetize it.
But this time, it seems to me that Microsoft would do well with it, with Windows 8 being designed by also considering large touch-screens/monitors.

Two brand new product are coming...
1) Revolutionary TV (iTV)
2) "Mosaic" - no many words about but will target Google Search, Mail and Facebook.

even if its a rumor about the tvs, why report on it if the idea sounds very illogical. what makes you think a touch screen on a tv is logical. its the stupidest thing ive heard. also theres no money to be made on tvs, they make the money off accessories. why go through all the trouble to make and ship tvs when you can just sell a box. nobody is going to shell out double the price for an item thats meant to be a dumb screen to show content. bloggers are not real journalists,as much as they seem to think they are. they are phonies. they either make **** up to get page hits so they can make money off ads. oh the iphone5 is thinner,with a larger screen,etc... remember that? or, sprint gets a custom made iphone that they bet the whole company on. ridiculous

Maybe they should adopt the new Firefox roadmap (lol):

iPhone5 in 6 weeks
iPhone6 in 12 weeks
iPhone7 in 18 weeks
iPhone8 in 24 weeks etc, etc, etc.

Some of the comments here are ridiculous. Of course (a large company like) Apple has a product roadmap a few years in advance. You'd really be worried if they didn't. Of course the hardware that goes into those products will change depending on current market conditions.

There may even be another game-changing product somewhere in that roadmap. You gotta think the executives (not just Steve) were thinking about the next big thing. Apple's executive team are some of the best in the world. Not to mention the amount of talented employees Apple has. But what will be interesting to see is how much polish a new product or OS has. How easy is it to use. How does it help users do something that they didn't even realize they needed or wanted to do. I think that was Steve's greatest attribute. His attention to function and detail and knowing what the user wanted before the user even knew themselves.

As far as having a product roadmap, duh! Of course they do. And its not a hinderance just like it would be for any other company.

I'm not sure I believe this. I think the folks at Apple know full well that now with Steve completely out of the picture, they're in this on their own - they have to make it work. I can't believe that, with the leadership he's given them over the years he's been there, they would no longer be in a position to second guess them and think how he thinks..

Something like this would do them more harm than good. They've been set free and have to do it for themselves now and the notion that they still have a set of "instructions" left behind is, IMHO, damaging to them.

Product plan for 4 years would be ridiculously stupid, markets change too quickly for that and it would leave apple floundering if it were true. Luckily for apple the real brains behind their products did not die

I think this is going to kill apple.. they will not be able to react fast enough because they have it pre-planned.. kind of like when bill left microsoft after him running it for so long.. think if a new company popped up tomorrow that just destroyed the MP3 player business and took a ton of those customers.. they would be in big trouble

jesseinsf said,
What is Steve's real last name.? you guys know his real mother set him up for adaption.

If you are asking for his biological father's name, it is Abdulfattah Jandali, who was a Syrian Muslim immigrant to the US.

If Apple follow their lock-down model with the TV it will be no good for proper media enthusiasts (the most likely people to buy it).. if its centred around iTunes rentals and itunes streaming then who cares? we need NAS support out of the box, but it wont because apple want u to buy everything you watch. if this is the case then my internet enabled TV already does more, one button and i'm browsing my NAS.

a tv with something akin to built in kinect support or some other such device would be nice. Where you eliminate the remote completely. It can be a smart tv where you gesture through the menus and you can type in the air onto a virtual keyboard or something. Then you could use your voice to control functions basic functions.

The iphone 4S is going to be around for 12 months from now... apple are going to fall so far behind it's almost not funny. I hear 1997 echoing

Digitalx said,
The iphone 4S is going to be around for 12 months from now... apple are going to fall so far behind it's almost not funny. I hear 1997 echoing

licensing vs closed system.. its what killed the mac.. (95% vs 5%) they will be back down there with the iphone over the next 10 years,,

Digitalx said,
The iphone 4S is going to be around for 12 months from now... apple are going to fall so far behind it's almost not funny. I hear 1997 echoing

Yeah, if the 4S barely catches up to the SGS2, they better hope their lawsuits can stop Samsung before the SGS3 is announced.

Rumor? isn't this standard procedure for most companies to have a rolling plan of several years, especially someone as big as Apple they aren't exactly going to play it year on year. If Apple was to suffer due to the loss of Jobs it's something we probably wont see for about 5-6 years

One thing I admire and respect about Apple is their uncanny ability to adapt. Whenever a new product is announced, there's always someone in the back of the room, whispering "that will never work". Then, the next, day, something is revolutionized.

Another rumor...wonder how many will count this as fact. Predicting many....maybe it will keep the stock prices high.

techbeck said,
Another rumor...wonder how many will count this as fact. Predicting many....maybe it will keep the stock prices high.

whenever is come to anything related to Apple rumor alot of peoples think it's will become......ya know. ^_^

They need it to be controlled Via ipad or some sort of wireless device.
Even then the amount of issues that will arise not worth the problems.

citac said,
They need it to be controlled Via ipad or some sort of wireless device.
Even then the amount of issues that will arise not worth the problems.

You can already control your TV (with X-Box which is now replacing set-top boxes) from WP7 and soon you can control it via Win 8 Tablet or PC>..

Biotoxic_hazard_835 said,
I would really like to see the full size TV's with touch screens.

no brainer.... Tv is something you enjoy from ur couch not in front of it touching the screen

Biotoxic_hazard_835 said,
I would really like to see the full size TV's with touch screens.

What, why? Smudge and finger prints all over the screen? No thanks. Getting up to change a setting or the channel would be stupid. Before you say, "You can use the remote!" why bother having a touch-screen in the first place?

Open Minded said,

What, why? Smudge and finger prints all over the screen? No thanks. Getting up to change a setting or the channel would be stupid. Before you say, "You can use the remote!" why bother having a touch-screen in the first place?

We said this about the phone four years ago; look where we are today.

trenzterra said,
We said this about the phone four years ago; look where we are today.

Cleaning Smudges and fingerprints off our touchscreens!!!

Brian Miller said,
2012: iPhone 5
2013: iPhone 5s
2014: iPhone 6
2015: iPhone 6s
2016: iPhone 7

Not hard.


Iphone 5 - 20 months from now
IPhone 5 white - 24 months from now
Iphone 5S - 48 months from now

Brian Miller said,
2012: iPhone 5
2013: iPhone 5s
2014: iPhone 6
2015: iPhone 6s
2016: iPhone 7

Not hard.


I thing there ought to be a 4G thing somewhere on the road

Brian Miller said,
2012: iPhone 5
2013: iPhone 5s
2014: iPhone 6
2015: iPhone 6s
2016: iPhone 7

Not hard.


I dont think there will be an iPhone 5 but iPhone 6. Cause the 4S is the 5th generation.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

I thing there ought to be a 4G thing somewhere on the road

yup, I think the new iphone will be a 4GS which will have the support for the 4G and then probably use some other numbering or letters like they do with OS X. maybe iphone X or soemthing.

Brian Miller said,
2012: iPhone 5
2013: iPhone 5s
2014: iPhone 6
2015: iPhone 6s
2016: iPhone 7

Not hard.

Maybe a little respect? I guess you don't now what I am talking about, right?