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Steve Jobs had a hand in next two generations of iPhone: report

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in 2011, may have had a more active role in the development of the iPhone line than previously thought. 

By Matthew Shaer / April 2, 2013

An Apple logo is seen at an Apple store in Pudong, the financial district of Shanghai, in this 2012 file photograph. A new Apple iPhone, probably dubbed the iPhone 5S, could arrive as soon as late summer.

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Later this year, Apple will unveil a new iPhone, likely dubbed the iPhone 5S. 

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That much is not a surprise. But this is: According to Michael Foulkes, a government liaison for Apple, the next two generations of Apple smart phones were developed before current Apple CEO Tim Cook took the reins of the Cupertino company. In other words, if Mr. Foulkes is correct, former CEO Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, had a hand not only in the design of the iPhone 5, but also the iPhone 5S and whatever device will come after the iPhone 5S. 

Foulkes made his comments during a conversation with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón about how to reduce the number of thefts in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Examiner reports. Mr. Gascón wants phone manufacturers, such as Apple, to include a switch that deactivates a smart phone if it is stolen; he later called the talk with Foulkes unproductive and "very underwhelming." 

Meanwhile, the rest of us got some pretty interesting insight into how things work at Apple HQ. 

Planning well in advance, of course, is de rigueur for tech companies – Google probably has the next few Nexus phones mapped out. But as Adario Strange of PC Mag notes, Foulkes's comments "will likely cause some to reconsider the notion that the company has lost its magical luster under the direction of Tim Cook." It may also sooth shareholder worries, at least for the short-term, that Jobs's magical touch is altogether gone from Apple. 

In related news, the Wall Street Journal reports today that Apple will soon begin production on the next flagship smart phone, thus setting the stage for a summer or fall launch. The WSJ says the device will be the same "size and shape [as the] current one" – further evidence that this will be an iPhone 5S, and not a radically overhauled iPhone 6

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