The development of the next two iPhones was overseen by Steve Jobs before his death, a source claims, as it emerges just how determined the company’s former figurehead was to leave a lasting legacy at Apple.
San Francisco's District Attorney George Gascón claims he was told details of Apple’s product pipeline when he met with Apple’s government liaison officer Michael Foulkes.
According to Foulkes, whose comments to Gascón cropped up in an interview with the latter in the SF Examiner, the “next two generations of iPhones have already been developed” and “preceded [current CEO] Tim Cook” in their creation.
Foulkes’ disclosures purportedly came to light in what appear to have been less than fruitful discussions with Gascón about introducing a so-called ‘killswitch” in future iPhone models to render them inoperable in the event of theft.
Gascón claims that resistance to the idea is entrenched in the industry because consumers whose phones were stolen currently have to buy new ones, equating to a large tranche of extra income for replacing gadgets that sell for £500 or more.
News of Apple’s plans comes amid separate reports that this year could see the introduction of two new Apple handsets, dubbed the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6.
It’s thought that the 5S is the low cost iPhone, which has been discussed and rumoured in tech circles for what feels like centuries, while the iPhone 6 is widely held to be the next edition of Apple’s full-price smartphone.