Apparently The Next Two iPhones Will Still Be The Work Of Steve Jobs

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.”

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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.

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  • http://twitter.com/sexyhamthing @sexyhamthing

    wasnt steve jobs dead (thank god) before apple maps? That picture…

  • anonymous

    You should find out if there’s any tweaks that could be used to kill a phone that’s been stolen from us.
    Also, you’re 100% right that Apple makes money off stolen phones. So do the carriers. If phones totally died after theft, they wouldn’t sell as many plans and accessories and repair services.

  • anonymous

    and I mean kill the phone, not just erase it, but make it totally unusable**

  • Apple Employee

    That would be stupid. What if you though someone stole your phone and you had them activate this “killswitch”. If you found it, then your phone is toast. This is not the best way to go. The best thing to do would be to put the phone in a state which makes it unusable and unrestorable. That way, the phone still works, but cant be used. It’s like how Sprint uses ESN’s rather than SIM cards. If the phone is stolen, they blacklist it. That would be the better way to go.

  • Macfie

    “some interesting indeed” P2L3

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffgrebs Jeffrey Greblick

    that was the iphone 4s, that picture has nothing to do with the maps you use on your iPhone today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ethyn-Resausk/100000561895299 Ethyn Resausk

    Dude that picture is poorly Photoshopped onto that phone how did you fall for that…(No offense to the writers of this page but using the free transform tool isn’t hard to align with the phone lol xD)

  • MaJiK

    In the UK, stolen phones have their IMEI blacklisted. Calls can not be made from these phones, even if the SIM card is changed.

    I’m very surprised that this has only been implemented in the UK

  • FuckApple

    To fix these issues ICBDM should be formed and used where the IMEI
    blacklisted are commanly shared by all provides are are blacklisted by
    system to connect to the network, once a card is inserted the provider
    should be able to pin point position using location services and send
    cops arrest the person who purchased it, also apple and other providers
    should have a dedicated website, where customers who buys 2nd hand
    devices can enter the IMEI and verify the device status.