The iPhone is a hot commodity, and so it isn’t surprising that over half of the reported smartphone thefts in San Francisco concerned the Apple-branded handset. San Fran’s District Attorney George Gascon has been meeting with phone makers in light of the growing number of phone thefts, discussing with them the creation of a standard kill-switch for disabling a handset that has been stolen. Eventually he met with Apple’s government liaison, and had some interesting things to say about the encounter.
The liaison was Michael Foulkes, and he reportedly spoke with the DA for an hour, a conversation that was, apparently, mostly worthless. Gascon said that he didn’t get much in the conversation, with Foulkes doing the majority of the talking. “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 liaison then went on to talk about the kill-switch system that the DA is wanting to see unified among phone makers, something the Apple worker said would be “long and laborious” in terms of both research and development. Phone users, at least for the time being, would have to be content with using software to find and terminate their mobile device.
Another issue presented, according to the interview, was that the next two iterations of the iPhone have already been developed. Even more interesting than that, however, is the statement that both of the iPhones “preceded Tim Cook,” indicating that they were possibly developed under the late Steve Jobs. Which iPhones, specifically, the liaison reportedly referenced isn’t known.