Feeds

Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Cold dead genius to relinquish control in 2014, maybe

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Apple designed the next two versions of the iPhone while Steve Jobs was alive, it has been claimed.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was told by an Apple representative that the next two iPhone models "preceded Tim Cook", according to a report in The Examiner.

He met with Apple’s government liaison Michael Foulkes to discuss possible methods of stamping out the theft of mobile phones on the streets of San Francisco, about half of which involved an iPhone. Gascón was frustrated with Apple's apparent reluctance to introduce kill switch technology that would allow stolen phones to be disabled and claimed that manufacturers were actually benefiting from the surge in street crime.

“I think there’s just too much being made on stolen phones,” he said.

The news is likely to raise questions about the future of Apple under Tim Cook, who had the unenviable task of filling Jobs' size-14 boots when his predecessor died in October 2011 following a cancer battle.

Competitors are nipping at the heels of the once unassailable Apple, as growing numbers of global smartphone users switch to Android or Windows phones. Apple has seen a 3.5 per cent drop in global sales during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to analysts Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

It was previously known that Jobs was involved in the development of the iPhone 5 - because a passage in a recent biography described him testing out the Siri voice recognition software on the iPhone 4S successor.

Horace Dediu, who once worked for Nokia and now runs the Asymco consultancy, pointed out that long production cycles were normal in the industry.

He tweeted: "Having worked in a phone company I think it's a given. Work under way now is for products shipping in 2016." ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.