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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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