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San Francisco DA claims next two iPhone designs preceded Tim Cook
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Apr 1, 2013, 04:07 PM
The designs for the next two generations of iPhone have already been developed, claims the district attorney for San Francisco, George Gascon. Unusually, in an interview about smartphone and tablet thefts, Gascon claims to have been personally informed about the future hardware by an Apple government liaison, Michael Foulkes. Their designs "preceded Tim Cook [becoming CEO]," Gascon says, while arguing that he would eventually like to see a killswitch technology that could disable a mobile device after it's reported stolen. Many devices can already be remotely wiped, including the iPhone, but all this does is remove any personal information or content.

Gascon says he met for an hour last week with Foulkes, but calls the experience "very underwhelming." Foulkes "did most of the talking," Gascon explains. "It was incredible. He would just go on and on, one subject to the next. It was hard to follow. It was almost like someone who's been trained in the art of doing a lot of talking and saying nothing."

The reason for the interest in a killswitch is the sheer volume of iPhone thefts, which amount to half of all the robberies reported in San Francisco last year. A killswitch would presumably make stolen phones less appealing to thieves, but Gascon says that he came away disappointed not only from the meeting with Apple but a March meeting with wireless providers. Foulkes appears to have suggested that developing a killswitch would involve a long and difficult development process.

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Apr 1, 2013, 05:43 PM
There is no need for a killswitch, at least not on GSM networks. IMEI blocking by network providers should suffice in most countries anyways. These guys are lying about their plans or most likely have no plans to cope with the thefts and are just making up stuff as they go.
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