One does not simply pull an iPhone whole from the void and birth it in a single day. As anyone involved in the design, development, and manufacturing of iPhone-class products will tell you, it takes a long, long time and roadmaps typically stretch out over years. So, it comes as little surprise that the next two generations of iPhone, likely including an S-type update to the current iPhone 5, began under the direction of Steve Jobs. Still, given Jobs legacy, hearing it reaffirmed again seems to make many people happy. Which brings us to Mike Aldrax's report in the San Francisco Examiner:
[District Attorney George Gascón] said the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed.
“They preceded Tim Cook,” the district attorney said he was told of the future iPhones.
The reason a San Francisco district attorney is being sourced is because of his office's ongoing investigation into stolen mobile devices.
To say that Steve Jobs having a hand in these products isn't important is saying his involvement with Apple wasn't important, which is lunacy. Someone of his universe-denting talents having a hand in anything is amazing. However, Jony Ive on design and Tim Cook on logistics, Bob Mansfield on radios and chips, and the rest of the team no doubt contributed from the beginning as well, and will be there to adapt them to ever changing market conditions, and eventually shepherd them onto store shelves.
Eventually the ball gets handed off, and the team runs with it. That's how this stuff works. Still, it's nice to know Steve Jobs was there for these products, at least in the beginning, right?
Source: San Francisco Examiner