Steve Jobs may have played a role in design of next two iPhones


The iPhone 5 may not have been the last iPhone developed under Steve Jobs' tenure as Apple CEO.

Since Steve Jobs died, arguments have been made that Apple isn't the company it once was, with many of those arguments claiming Apple now lacks originality. Despite the leadership change, however, it seems the next two iPhones may have been designed under Jobs' purview. 

George Gascón, the district attorney of San Francisco, recently said that an hour-long conversation with Apple's government liaison, Michael Foulkes, revealed that the next two iPhones were designed under Jobs.

"They preceded Tim Cook," he said, according to a report by The San Francisco Examiner, regarding what Foulkes told him about the next two Apple smartphones.

The news came as part of a discussion between Gascón and Foulkes about how the city could reduce its theft rate. Specifically, The Examiner reports, Gascón has been attempting to persuade technology and telecommunications companies to include a way to remotely disable smartphones and tablets that are stolen. According to The Examiner, iPhones were involved in half of San Francisco's robberies last year.

Gascón said the meeting with Foulkes was "very underwhelming," however, and that nothing noteworthy regarding a potential plan to recover stolen Apple products was discussed.

"He did most of the talking. It was incredible," he said. "[Foulkes] 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."

Smartphone thefts – iPhones in particular – are so rampant in the U.S. that the NYPD has a team dedicated to recovering stolen iPhones.

Source: San Francisco Examiner via CNET | Image via Apple

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This article seems to be more about the conversation the DA had with Apple's government liaison than it did about Steve Jobs leaving a roadmap for Apple before he passed away. It's basically saying (albeit backwards) "The DA had a conversation with Apple's government liason about ways to prevent iDevice theft. The government liason rambled on and on, and we came up with nothing. Oh, by the way, he mentioned that Steve Jobs left a roadmap for Apple to follow for a few years."

"He did most of the talking. It was incredible," he said. "[Foulkes] 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."

Yes we had people like that in the 60s. They were called speed freaks.........Pip. pip!

Edited by BavonWW, Apr 2 2013, 8:22pm :

Simon and Peter told me that they had seen Steve Jobs walk on water when I was around theirs for fish supper, yesterday...

I doubt the iPhone 5 was Steve Jobs' design.. I mean, it looks like a toy. The iPhone 4/4S was the last beautiful Apple phone with its glass and metal.

even if he did leave 4 years of plans behind, it aint gonna stop ppl who "think" they know best to make changes which is what will probably happen. without jobs you'll probably see some crapware come out of them like smart watches. doesnt matter if its iOS android wp its all crapware

"...It was almost like someone who's been trained in the art of doing a lot of talking and saying nothing."

And he's a government liaison... I'm shocked... LOL

Marketing Ploy. Read between the lines people. How much do you think that DA got under the table for going public with that statement? Come on man. Apple will lose without Steve Jobs just like they did the first time when they kicked him out of his own company.

whys this even really news? fact is most companies are designing products at least 1 if not 2 or more product versions out at once... does it mean its started? no... just means somewhere on paper or in a tracking system someone said hey in version 6 make sure we have this feature... blah blah blah

I'm sure MS even has windows 10 in their tracking system....

I don't see how it's not news. There's been endless analysis about how Apple has lost that "unique touch" with Jobs gone, but this is just evident of the fact that it's pretty much the same company in terms of products. And, no, it's not unusual for companies to design products far out in advance, but it's not often confirmed how far in advance until well after the product is released.

Anthony Tosie said,
endless analysis about how Apple has lost that 'unique touch'; with Jobs gone, but this is just evident of the fact that it's pretty much the same company in terms of products.
Which is exactly the reason for this kind of 'news'. Apple needs Jobs to pretend to have an edge.. The first products without him were at best underwhelming as far as innovation and technology goes and people are starting to look for alternatives. Apple now tries to resurrect he reality distortion field as if Jobs had anything to do with coming devices as 'if Jobs touches it it's golden'. Jobs was good at selling whatever. Just without Jobs the whatever is not so impressive any more.

Actually, I think it is news because it proves one thing. There has always been a criticism that Apple only makes small, incremental updates to the phone to make sure that people will buy the next version. And not updates such as a new program or small feature to the os, but not including a hardware feature to ensure planned obsolescence. Don't put a camera on it, then introduce the next version with a camera. Don't include some chip so that they can claim Siri can't work, which will force people to upgrade (and then include Siri in the old version anyway after people upgrade).

If they know what will be in this version + 2, and they are not including the necessary hardware in the next hardware revision, they are only doing it for the money by making sure people upgrade, and not, as many Apple fanboys will have you believe, including the latest and greatest tech.

Anthony Tosie said,
I don't see how it's not news. There's been endless analysis about how Apple has lost that "unique touch" with Jobs gone, but this is just evident of the fact that it's pretty much the same company in terms of products. And, no, it's not unusual for companies to design products far out in advance, but it's not often confirmed how far in advance until well after the product is released.
the iphone is no better nlw than when jobs wad here. the difference us jobs convince the fans that those mediocre features and updates were such a huge deal and Coom just doesnt have that so its looks...well...mediocre.

Sorry but so what. No doubt they will be just as mediocre as the last few iterations. This is just marketing from Apple to reassure the people who think that the company's products have been going downhill since Jobs died.

Difference between helping design an unreleased product and actually being around to make sure the product was released as it should and how Jobs wanted/intended it to be.

It's not like Apple hardware is hard to design anyways. Midyear, slightly upgrade RAM and processor. End year, implement 1 feature that has been available on other phones for a while now and call it "revolutionary".

lol but the phone design is still the same as the 4 and 4s its now just bloody longer id actually like to see the iphone actually change and look different for once

techbeck said,
Difference between helping design an unreleased product and actually being around to make sure the product was released as it should and how Jobs wanted/intended it to be.

He wasn't around for the 5 and that went well...

Was talking about iOS to and putting the two together since a new version if iOS seems to be released with a new iPhone. But who knows how much was changed, or anything at all, from what Jobs helped design than what went to market. He wasnt around to make sure his ideas were included.