Since Steve Jobs passed in the fall of 2011, right around when the iPhone 4S was announced, we’ve been looking for signs of what his absence might mean for the design of Apple products. Could his influence still be showing, even this far down the line? That’s the impression we get from an off-hand comment made by a San Francisco politician.
That city, like many other major cities, faces plenty of issues with theft, and smartphones and tablets are attractive targets. In the interest to curb such incidents, SF District Attorney George Gascón met with Apple government liaison Michael Foulkes to discuss kill switches, tracking, and the like.
Gascón came away from the discussion a bit unsatisfied, but he did reveal an interesting fact: Apple apparently claimed that it has already developed the next two generations of the iPhone. More than that, these phones supposedly date back to before Tim Cook’s time as CEO – at least in their basic designs – suggesting that Jobs had a role in dreaming them up.
We realize this is a whole lot of hearsay going on, and it wouldn’t be difficult to misinterpret things, but it sure makes for a compelling story; perhaps we’ll be seeing glimmers of Steve Jobs shine through with Apple products for years to come.