Apple’s next two iPhones were designed before late Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away in October 2011.
That revelation comes to us from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón who has been in contact with Apple’s government liaison Michael Foulkes.
Gascón, who is working to spread technology capable of mitigating cellphone-related thefts in San Francisco, reveals that Apple won’t be able to initiate a so-called “kill switch” on the iPhone any time soon.
The kill switch, as you might expect, can be remotely activated by a consumer if their cellphone is lost or stolen.
According to Gascón, the next two iPhone models have already been designed – under Steve Jobs – and can’t be reworked to include the kill-switch technology at this time.
Gascón said Foulkes discussed the long and laborious process of researching and producing a kill-switch technology for devices, and also said the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed. “They preceded Tim Cook,” the district attorney said he was told of the future iPhones.
Despite this reality, Gascón isn’t giving up. He tells the San Francisco Examiner that he will continue working to persuade the telecommunications industry to implement technology that will disincentivize cellphone theft.
Astonishingly, iPhones were involved in half of all of San Francisco’s robberies in 2012.