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Next two iPhones designed in Steve Jobs era, report says

The next two Apple smart phones hail from a time before Tim Cook was boss, a Cupertino exec has reportedly hinted.

The next two iPhones hark back to an era before Tim Cook was the boss of Apple, a fresh report claims.

In an interview with the San Francisco Examiner, US District Attorney George Gascón is quoted as saying two of Apple's upcoming blowers "preceded Tim Cook."

That would suggest the company's next phones were crafted under the supervision of then-CEO Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011. Gascón says the news came out of a chat he had with Apple's government liaison about phone thefts in San Francisco.

Tech products take a long time to develop, so it's not impossible that the iPhone 5 and two follow-up devices were forged under Jobs' supervision. Unless Apple spills the beans however, we have no way of knowing for sure how much of Jobs' decision making went into any future gadgets, or which aspects of hardware and software design may have been overruled in the meantime.

Jobs was notoriously strict when it came to managing Apple and its product design, leaving new boss Tim Cook with a pair of huge, shiny shoes to fill, and questions over whether the California-based tech giant could continue its winning streak without Jobs at the helm.

Rumours persist that Apple is planning a cheaper version of its popular pocket-filler, possibly made of plastic. An August debut and camera improvements are also tipped for the so-called iPhone 5S.

Other reports suggest the company's next move will be to occupy your wrist, with a smart watch gadget.

What do you want to see Apple make next? Are you reassured by the thought of Jobs having a hand in the next two iPhones, or would you rather see Tim Cook taking a more contemporary approach? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.