While Steve Jobs is no longer with us in person, his vision and legacy will not soon fade, and his influence on Apple and their products will be evident for years to come. The Daily Mail, in fact, reports that Steve Jobs personally oversaw plans for the next four years of products before he passed away.
From the report:
He has also been overseeing the development of the delayed iCloud project, which will allow Apple users to store their music, photos and other documents remotely and masterminding updated versions of the iPod, iPad, iPhone and MacBooks, ensuring at least four years’ worth of products are in the pipeline, according to Apple sources.
Jobs was well known for being involved with every detail of Apple and their products during his entire time at Apple, and even remained involved in important product and company decisions while on medical leave. He even interrupted his medical leave to present the iPad 2 keynote when the product was announced in March.
Steve Jobs has carefully picked Apple’s executive team to keep Apple’s vision in place, personally recommending Tim Cook as his replacement to become CEO of Apple, and retaining important team members that share his vision, such as Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall, and Jony Ive.
While rumors that Jobs planned products four years into the future are not confirmed, with little to no evidence to back them up, it would be entirely unsurprising to me if this report was absolutely true. Apple is typically working on products several years before their release anyway.