Apple’s seventh- and eighth-generation iPhones have already been designed according to a San Francisco attorney, who says the smartphones’ development was well underway before Tim Cook took over as the company’s CEO.
Speaking with the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón says he was told of the iPhone designs when he met with Apple’s government liaison Michael Foulkes last week.
Meeting with Foulkes, Gascón has been seeking a solution to technology theft in San Francisco – with half of the robberies in the city last year involving the Apple smartphone – however if the next two iPhones predate Tim Cook’s leadership the implementation of new security features are unlikely.
“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,” the San Francisco Examiner reports.
Apple’s iOS devices can be remotely locked, wiped and located if the security settings have been enabled, but users cannot ultilise a ‘kill-switch’ to permanently disable a device.
Despite working ahead of time, Apple’s iPhone 5 launched in September last year giving Apple its largest first fiscal quarter iPhone results, with a 29 percent jump over 2011. The Cupertino company sold 47.8 million iPhones during the quarter, averaging 3.7 million a week.