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iPhone 5 is Final Steve Jobs Product

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Think the magic may leave Apple's product line now that Steve Jobs is no longer with us? His mark will still be clear in the iPhone 5, according to analyst reports.

Steve Jobs was involved in the iPhone 5 "from concept to final design" according to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar. This may sound odd given we've only just waved a hello to the new iPhone 4S, but we don't doubt there's a prototype iPhone 5 in a Cupertino closet somewhere just waiting for 2012 to come around.

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Kumar says that the iPhone 5 will feature a completely new design, with a larger screen and a slimmer body no larger than the current model. This suggests a near bezel-free design. While it may have seemed as though Jobs battled through ill health just long enough to see the iPhone 4S launch, his influence will continue Apple's product line - for generations to come, most likely.

Huge demand is virtually a given for any iPhone, but Kumar predicts that the iPhone 5 will become a "cult classic". A Steve Jobs signature model - as if all the iPhones and iPod haven't been that very thing all along. CNET News writes that Jobs was actually not particularly involved in the iPhone 4S because of his work on the upcoming model, knowing that his "time was limited."

The iPhone 5 rumour mill has already begun production, ready to fill our eyes and ears with made up - and just mostly made up - factoids about the iPhone 5, but the notion of the next-gen model as Jobs's last stand is enough to make us anticipate something very special indeed. As well as feeling a pang of sadness that he won't be there to introduce it to the world, in his inimitable fashion.

via CNET News

Brian Carter

October 18, 2011, 1:04 pm

This seems quite plausible IMO. Why spend time on an incremental upgrade with no 'magical & revolutionary' features rather than the next generation item which will no doubt have them in abundance (although we'll need to be told they're magical & revolutionary).

It also seems quite a nice story that people (myself included) will want to believe.

I kind of think of Steve Jobs as an artist with a strong will and a very good set of engineers around him. If so, he'd definitely have been more focused on the iphone 5.

jacko

October 18, 2011, 2:35 pm

It's quite obvious that Job's was working on the next iPhone.

The actual 'design and creativity' of any technology is done months, if not years in advance of any release.

If anyone really thinks Jobs was frantically tinkering with the latest iPhone in the last couple of months, they're fooling themselves.

It was probably in user testing for about 6 months, in which time Jobs and whoever else would have been working on the next iPhone.

This happens in all technology, They'll have it all mapped out, different people will be at different stages of the projects, I'm sure the iPhone 6 & 7 are on the map and being worked on by someone.

This is just how it works, I'm surprised, this is even news!

sonisoe

October 18, 2011, 6:14 pm

i just want a nokia wp7....

AlmostDone

October 18, 2011, 11:43 pm

Yep, especially smart phones are planed and developed years in front. Last I heard it takes at least 18 months from planning stage to final product release. So when an Iphone X is released, iPhone X+1 or X+S is already in development.

I do believe the rumour as I don't believe the great Jobs could only come up with the 4S.

Everlast

October 19, 2011, 12:32 am

.... for your oun good man you have to immediately see a doctor

Everlast

October 19, 2011, 12:36 am

I know. I found a iPhone 5 prototype concealed as a ... Galaxy device ... in a Playboy bar in Cupertino, but returned to Apple outa respect ...

:)

Malderon

October 19, 2011, 2:42 am

Whilst I (despite not being an apple man) appreciate what Steve Jobs did for the gadget world, and for apple, he seems to have been credited with alot since his death. You'd have thought he designed and built all the successful devices single handedly. From all I understand - Londoner Jonathan Ive has been the design genius behind every mildly successful Apple product of the last decade or so.

Keithe6e

October 19, 2011, 1:41 pm

>> he seems to have been credited with alot since his death.

I think this is often the case. Eg. most people believe Bill Gates wrote DOS, but he purchased it. Most people thought Apple invented the GUI, but is was purchased from Rank Xerox. So in a way the people who have really been the most influential in design/invention concepts are usually never credited for it.

I suppose what he was best at was been a visionary, you can be the best designer/inventor in the world, but without somebody like this pushing it forward, it will never blossom.

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