The upcoming iPhone 5S and affordable iPhone were planned under Steve Jobs, slips Apple's liaison officer

The upcoming iPhone 5S and affordable iPhone were planned under Steve Jobs, slips Apple's liaison officer
Apple's government liaison Michael Foulkes recently sat down with the San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc√≥n, and they spent an hour long talking session, which was supposed to clarify Apple's opinion on implementing a kill switch for its phones to clamp down on mobile device theft that is apparently proliferating.

As every self-respecting liaison officer, Michael Foulkes talked a lot without committing to anything, but in the effort to convince the DA how hard it is to design and develop a handset, let alone implement a kill switch in these late stages, he slipped and said that the next two iPhones have already been developed, and they even "preceded Tim Cook".

What this means is that the plans for the iPhone 5S and the affordable iPhone that are expected to be unveiled this summer, have been in the making during the Steve Jobs times, which we knew to be true for the inexpensive iPhone version, but not for the iPhone 5 upgrade that will follow this year. All told, it seems that 2014 will be the year when the iPhone franchise will start carrying the Tim Cook legacy in full, so we can't wait to see where Apple's CEO will be taking the company next year.

source: SFExaminer



1. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

i hope they would change their design, mostly the UI make it more alive and worth buying

8. StevenFranklin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

thats what androids for

20. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I agree, with android smartphones going for as little as $30, it's so damn affordable.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They can't change the design and the UI. Cuz this is their "SIGNATURE", which is boring and ugly. But, I agree with you. Make it more alive and worth buying. :)

14. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

i bet poor apple will steal a lot of android features!

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

if this is true so then jOBS was one of biggest hypocrites.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple are going to continue claiming this. They want people to believe the magic is still in there. Jobs was not in on the design of the 5, let alone the 5s.

16. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

The designs of the iPads have been in the making since the early 2000's I'm pretty sure the same goes for the iPhones

4. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

it looks very ugly this iphones in colors and cheap

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Simply not true. Jobs said 3.5" is perfect so no way he would change it. And claiming that the next wave if phones is the work of Tim cook is a way of stopping people thinking he is useless for not making any changes to the UI yet.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL! So, for how many years will they say that their products were planned by Jobs to be accepted by the Apple herd?

12. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Hmm, hard to tell. How many albums has Tupac released post-mortem?

7. bitlebron

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

'trash talk.. Apple should jus bring out somethin' interesting coz Android is definitely on it nw..

10. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

As far recent image of Apple is considered, "Cheaper" and "Apple" don't go hand in hand... Many people buy iPhone BECAUSE it is expensive and serves as a sort of status least in my country...

11. poping unregistered

people didn't buy iphone because it's boring. a cheaper iphone would be, you guessed it, more boring... how about replacing the os to android? maybe that would be a game changer...

13. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

What they should've done is say the iPhone 5 was overseen by Tim Cook as part of his training to take over Apple. Maybe let the iPhone 5S be "designed" or "overseen" by Tim too, and gave it the "New, Improved" moniker. Then after stocks slip as they have, come out with iPhone 6, a design created by Steve Jobs but lost for years till it was mysteriously found. We'll call this phone, iPhone6 Classic. Or, we could call it New and Improved Slurm, then Slurm classic, for all the Futurama fans, lol!

15. Aeires unregistered

Doesn't mean much. Ive could have been told no repeatedly by Jobs but now Tim is in charge, he gets what he wants.

17. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

All of the comments about the damn UI. Who cares! What's wrong with simple and unfailingly reliable? I will say however, and if this is what's intended by those who want to see a UI change is a drag down menu (for bluetooth, wifi, etc), my apologies. That WOULD be soooooooo nice (hint hint Apple), other than that, leave it alone. But part of the genius of the iPhone IS the simplicity. It's built with a fit and finish that's second to none. It's uber reliable and it's simple for those that are a little technologically challenged. Making it more customizable is a slow process with Apple, but the iPhone flat out works better than any Android tit for tat. For all you haters, there's probably a reason for that.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You should join the rest of us in 2013, where to of the line Android handsets run just as smoothly and in many cases better than the iPhone, while still being more functional and feature rich. Or, stay in 2009 if you prefer.

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

tedkord, you stop drinking the kool-aid. The average android device goes for less than $150 and does not run androd 4.x. The fact is the typical android device is a p.o.s. commodity device with a cheap 3.5" screen and 3.2 MP camers. People buy android around the world because they are cheap devices. That is what android devices mean, i.e. the poor man's smartphone.

22. Aeires unregistered Fourth paragraph proves everything you just wrote to be wrong. You need to get away from Walmart and stop looking at this through cheap eyes, it's the high end flagship devices area are dominating the landscape of Android. Just because you bought a cheap Android phone doesn't mean the majority of people are like you.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

that iphone looks ugly

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