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San Francisco DA: Apple Told Me The Next Two iPhone Models Preceded Tim Cook

San Francisco district attorney George Gascón told the SF Examiner (via AppleInsider) that an Apple representative told him the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed and that Steve Jobs was involved in their development, saying "they preceded Tim Cook".

After Jobs passed away, it was reported that Apple had four years of product plans in the pipeline that Jobs had personally approved, matching nicely with the above claim.

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Gascón said he also spoke with the Apple representative, a government liaison named Michael Foulkes, about the possibility of a 'kill switch' in iOS devices that could permanently disable them if they were stolen. He said he was "underwhelmed" with the discussion, saying the Apple rep seems to be "trained in the art of doing a lot of talking and saying nothing."

Major U.S. carriers agreed last year to develop a database that would allow stolen mobile phones to be disabled and deny them voice and data service, but law enforcement officials would like to see phone makers on board with a similar service as well.

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17 months ago
This would have never happened if Steve was still alive... oh wait...
Rating: 25 Votes
17 months ago
They had four years of product ideas in the pipeline as of the end of 2011? Okay; but there's a problem with letting those ideas from almost a year and a half ago continue to guide your decisions today. Mobile technology is fluid and it has changed quite a bit from the vantage point Steve had in 2011.

I suspect (hope) Apple's product roadmap until 2015 is dynamic and is not based upon what Steve knew in 2011. Otherwise, we're likely in for a disappointing next two years, folks.
Rating: 23 Votes
17 months ago
How is this news?

Ever read Steve Jobs biography? Mentions several next generation products all in Ive's secret room.

This is the same for other companies.

Slow news day.
Rating: 15 Votes
17 months ago


San Francisco district attorney George Gascón told the SF Examiner (http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/03/san-francisco-da-gasc-n-says-industry-keeps-giving-him-run-around-mobile-device-thefts) (via AppleInsider (http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/01/apple-govt-rep-says-next-two-iphones-were-designed-under-steve-jobs)) that an Apple representative told him the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed and that Steve Jobs was involved in their development, saying "they preceded Tim Cook".

After Jobs passed away, it was reported that Apple had four years of product plans in the pipeline (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/07/steve-jobs-leaves-apples-pipeline-with-four-years-of-products/) that Jobs had personally approved, matching nicely with the above claim.


I thought we already knew this. :confused:
Rating: 14 Votes
17 months ago

A lot can change in 4 generations of tech. Unless they got something mind blowing up their sleeves they had better start doing some fresh ideas


So unless they have something fresh planned, they better plan something fresh? Got it.
Rating: 13 Votes
17 months ago
A lot can change in 4 generations of tech. Unless they got something mind blowing up their sleeves they had better start doing some fresh ideas
Rating: 11 Votes
17 months ago
Haha, nice April Fool's joke.

I'm sure Steve knew four years in advance about the ways he would decide to change his mind, too.
Rating: 11 Votes
17 months ago
/Pedant mode/

Er… if "they preceded Tim Cook" they are very old phones indeed.

Tim Cook is 52, so that means the next two iPhone models would have to have been made in about 1960!

On the plus side, that would help a lot with future patent lawsuits.

(Yes, I know they probably meant 'preceded Tim Cook being CEO of Apple'). :)
Rating: 8 Votes
17 months ago

How is this news?

Ever read Steve Jobs biography? Mentions several next generation products all in Ive's secret room.

This is the same for other companies.

Slow news day.


I get so tired of these kinds of responses.

It adds confirmation to something we thought we knew. Nobody REALLY knows, except Cook and Ive.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago
Rating: 6 Votes

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