In areas such as New York and San Francisco smartphone theft is starting to become a very large issue. One man that is on a mission to curb smartphone thefts is District Attorney George Gascón. He is on a mission to get manufactures to implement a kill switch that once a phone has been reported stolen, the phone will essentially cease working, once the kill switch is initiated.
Obviously one of the hottest smartphones to steal is the iPhone, and as such Gascón sat down with Apple’s government liaison to try to get them to add kill switch functionality. Although this may sound like a boring conversation, some interesting indeed came out of it. Apparently it will not be possible to add this functionality to the iPhone anytime soon because the next two generations of the iPhone were actually already developed while Steve Jobs was still the CEO of Apple. According to the district attorney, “[the next two iPhone generations] preceded Tim Cook.”
All-in-all Gascón said his meeting with Apple’s government liaison was a let down.
“It was very underwhelming,” Gascón said about the hourlong talk with Apple’s government liaison, Michael Foulkes. “He did most of the talking. It was incredible. He 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.”
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise as it was rumored after Jobs’ death that the iPhone would still be a reflection of the former CEO for the next few years, but it is nice to see Jobs still is having an influence on Apple’s products at least for another year or so. As for Gascón, the implementation of a kill switch is looking dim. Manufactures just don’t want to implement a kill switch because in the end it will result in them losing money.