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Steve Jobs worked on iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 design

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Prior to his death back in 2011, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs had already started work in the upcoming iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, new reports have suggested.

According to a former Apple liaison officer, Apple’s talismanic leader worked on a number of as yet unlaunched products prior to his death from pancreatic cancer, with the recently released iPhone 5 and currently unconfirmed iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 reported amongst the mix. Jobs died just days after the iPhone 4S was formally unveiled to the world.

In a recent discussion with the US District Attorney George Gascon, Apple’s former government liaison Michael Foulkes reportedly announced that “the next two generation of iPhone have already been developed” and that both handsets “preceded Tom Cook.”

Although it had previously been suggested that the iPhone 5 was the last device Steve Jobs was actively involved in, Foulkes’ comments appear fitting with the product development cycles of many leading manufacturers, a cycle that can take years from inception to release.

Speaking with the Guardian, Horace Dediu, a formed Nokia employee, suggested that given the development periods needed, it is more than possible that Jobs worked on two more as yet unconfirmed iPhone handsets.

“Having worked in a phone company, I think it’s a given [that the phones were designed that far back],” Dediu said. “Work under way now is for products shipping in 2016.”

He added: “Software alone does not a phone make. Hardware specifications are [determined] on a different time scale.”

iPhone 6 Rumours

Whilst it is expected that this year will see an iPhone 5S release date offer up a handset largely similar to that of the current iPhone 5, a selection of iPhone 6 rumours have suggested that Apple has much change in mind for next year’s smartphone offering.

With the iPhone 6 reportedly set to come in ‘6 to 8 colours’ akin to the latest iPod touch offerings, recent reports have claimed that the iPhone 6 specs sheet will see a handset with an all new design play host to a raft of improvements from a faster processor, improved camera optics and even a larger, Samsung Galaxy S4 rivalling display.

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April 2, 2013, 10:45 am

Yeah right. He was also working on IPhone7, IPhone8, and so on.


April 2, 2013, 11:41 pm

I think they will say anything at this stage to try and get people to keep buying Apple, since anything Jobs was not involved in is turning out to just mundane. Next you will hear that Jobs has a direct connection from beyond the grave for the iPhone 7, 8, 9.....

Kasem Asawaprecha

April 3, 2013, 5:39 am

Based on my observation, I notice the trend that Apple always tries to implement the latest technology( Retina Display, Siri, new CPU or battery) if they see it will enhance the overall user experience and the wow factor. For established tech companies(Intel, AMD, Nvidia), there are roadmaps which detail the expected development in the future. I am positive that Steve Jobs had seen some of the technologies under development in 2011 prior to his death. It is therefore possible for him to be involved in the early planning stages of Apple products that are yet to be released. Having said that, I think that it high time that Apple bring out something that make us say wow!


May 7, 2013, 12:33 pm

Apple is a joke.

Prem Desai

July 11, 2014, 3:36 pm

The newer iPhones may well be a memo in his inbox but that doesn't really say he was working on it - also, he was nowhere near seeing the finished product.

Jobs loved making the world go 'wow'. The recent hardware from Apple suggests that he didn't have much to do with it.

Zerø Piazza

September 28, 2014, 4:20 pm

I just re watched some of the iphone unveilings, including the original and the 4. They were monumental events. Jobs was definitely good at what he did

Zerø Piazza

September 28, 2014, 4:21 pm

Yea. 5 I can believe, but not 6.

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