Tim Cook: there is no reason why you would have to choose between privacy and security

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 28, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on the final leg of his tour of Isreal and Europe and has been speaking to UK publication The Telegraph about a range of things including Apple customers’ privacy and of all things, terrorism.

Known for his unusual stance on privacy – one which doesn’t jive with other high profile tech executives who are happy to share everything about you – Cook told the publication during an interview that he feels people’s information is being “trafficked around” in ways that they just don’t yet understand. Read More

 

Tim Cook: Apple Watch will replace car keys, battery will last whole day and other tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

While making an unannounced visit to Apple’s flagship retail store in London’s Covent Garden, CEO Tim Cook dropped a few more hints about the upcoming wrist-worn device, expected to mark Apple’s foray into wearables come this April.

As The Telegraph reported, Apple’s chief executive said the Watch will replace your car keys, reward exercise, filter messages and more. Read More

 

Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address at the school’s graduation ceremony, the university announced on Wednesday. The ceremony takes place on May 17, at the prestigious ‘National Mall’ national park in downtown Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address,” University President Steven Knapp said. “I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career.” Read More

 

You might be able to wear your Apple Watch in the shower after all

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Apple has never said that its Watch would be safe to use in the shower or while swimming, but now CEO Tim Cook has ostensibly confirmed that the device can in fact be worn while taking a shower.

French blog iGen.fr reported that Tim Cook said speaking to employees at an Apple Store in Berlin today that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.” Read More

 

Tim Cook honors what would’ve been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter today to commemorate what would have been the sixtieth birthday of Apple’s late co-founder and mercurial chief executive, Steve Jobs.

Honoring the memory of his friend and mentor, Cook tweeted out a quote from Jobs’ emotional commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Read More

 

Congressman John Lewis tours Apple HQ with Tim Cook

By Jake Smith on Feb 17, 2015

Georgia Congressman John Lewis visited Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California on Tuesday, meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, with talks most likely centered around justice and equality.

Cook tweeted a photo of him and the Congressman, who was visiting the area while on a book tour for the second part of his graphic novel discussing the civil rights movement in the United States, titled “March: Book Two.” Read More

 

Apple to live-stream Tim Cook’s section of today’s Goldman Sachs Technology Conference

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Apple announced this morning it’ll be providing a live-stream audio of CEO Tim Cook’s segment at Goldman Sachs Technology Conference.

The live webcast will be available later today over here, beginning at 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET. The company did not reveal the topics of Cook’s conference talk nor the form of the interview.

But don’t you worry, you can count on iDownloadBlog to keep you in the loop regarding newsworthy tidbits Cook will be hopefully dropping during his segment. Read More

 

Tim Cook: switchers are buying iPhones in droves

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Though massive, the iPhone business has plenty of room to grow because only a small fraction of Apple’s installed base upgraded to the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 models. Fewer than fifteen percent of recent Apple buyers had an iPhone, with the remaining 85 percent of sales coming from switchers who used to own a non-Apple handset, in most cases Android.

That’s the gist of an interview Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to the Wall Street Journal’s last evening. In other words, the vast majority of new iPhones were purchased by former Android users. Read More

 

Here are the record numbers Wall Street analysts are expecting from Apple

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Apple is set to report its earnings for the Christmas quarter on Tuesday after the market closes. Before the numbers hit in roughly 24 hours, Bloomberg has averaged numbers from Wall Street analysts to see how the company may fare. And as Business Insider puts it, this earnings report is going to be the big oneRead More

 

Tim Cook made a little over $9 million last year as Apple’s CEO

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2015

Tim Cook received compensation of $9.22 million last year for his work as Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, according to a new SEC filing by the company. Bloomberg points to the documents, noting that Cook was paid out $1.75 million and $6.7 million in non-equity incentive compensation for the fiscal year that ended in September.

The amount is more than double Cook was paid for his work in 2013, with much of the boon coming as Apple’s stock reached an all-time high late last year. Apple unveiled several new products in the fall, including long-awaited larger-screened iPhones, a new payment system, and a wearable that it expects to sell well when it launches in March. Read More

 

Analyst: Apple to announce $200 billion buyback and dividend program

By Jake Smith on Jan 13, 2015

Apple has plans to announce a $200 billion program to buy back shares and raise its dividend, heavily upgrading its current buyback program announced three years ago, analyst Kulbinder Garcha of Credit Suisse told CNBC. Furthermore, Garcha raised the stock to “outperform” from “neutral”, seeing the stock rising 19 percent over the next year. Read More

 

CNN names Tim Cook ‘CEO of the Year’

By Cody Lee on Dec 23, 2014

Time Warner’s Cable News Network (or CNN) has named Tim Cook its “CEO of the Year” for 2014. Cook finished ahead of several other high profile chief executives including Meg Whitman of HP, T-Mobile’s John Legere and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer.

CNN justifies its picking of Tim Cook for the prestigious honor by pointing to his company’s stock performance this year. “Apple is the apple of Wall Street’s eye again” the outlet says, noting that shares of AAPL are up 40% in 2014 an near all-time highs. Read More

 

Apple Pay now 1.7% of mobile payments market, most popular at Whole Foods

By Jake Smith on Dec 19, 2014

Apple Pay now accounts for 1.7 percent of the mobile payments market after its launch on October 20, still lagging behind Google Wallet’s 4 percent share of the market, according to ITG research picked up by MarketWatch. Read More

 

Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by BBC’s allegations of factory worker mistreatment

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

An undercover documentary released yesterday by the BBC about working conditions in Pegatron’s iPhone factories has reportedly sent CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Apple’s executive team through the roof, The Telegraph reported Friday.

BBC’s investigative report makes fresh allegations about continued poor working conditions at the iPhone manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Shanghai. The documentary’s found poor treatment of workers after Apple’s stated several times that it’s cleaned up its act.

The full video of the BBC documentary surfaced on YouTube this morning though it’s probably going to get taken down soon so we’ve embedded it for your viewing pleasure. Read More

 

BBC investigation finds continued poor working conditions at Apple plant in China

By Jake Smith on Dec 18, 2014

The BBC launched an investigation into a Pegatron plant that Apple uses to manufacturer its products in China, and found poor treatment of workers, after Apple has stated several times that it’s cleaned up its act.

The British media giant found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. It even recorded workers falling asleep on the production line after a 12-hour shift. Read More

 

Apple raised more than $20 million for Product Red this holiday season

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple raised more than $20 million this holiday season to benefit Product Red, an organization that partners with companies to fight AIDS in Africa.

Recode obtained a copy of an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook to employees on Wednesday, congratulating them on their charitable work, which now totals $100 million total to Product Red in recent years. Read More

 

Tim Cook is Financial Times’ Person of the Year, TIME’s award goes to ‘Ebola Fighters’

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

The Financial Times newspaper on Thursday announced it’s picked Apple’s boss Tim Cook its Person of the Year. Although Apple’s chief executive faced criticism since taking the helm of Apple following Steve Jobs’ passing, he did manage to turn things round in 2014, the paper said.

Cook’s maniacal focus on Apple’s financial performance has managed to please investors, while new products such as the bigger iPhones and the Apple Watch took naysayers by surprise.

That he publicly came out as gay to become the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO and took the time to made some smart hiring decisions didn’t hurt either, notes the article. Read More

 

The Wall Street Journal posts full video of Tim Cook interview

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2014

In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in an interesting on-stage interview at The Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJ.D Live conference. During the 30-minute discussion, Cook talked about several topics including Apple Pay, Apple Watch and more.

Of course, Cook has done a handful of high profile interviews in recent months, but he does divulge some new details regarding Apple and its products during this talk. We covered some of the highlights here, but now you can watch the whole thing on video. Read More

 

“I’m proud to be gay,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2014

One of the worst kept secrets in Silicon Valley has now transmuted itself into an official admission after Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted being gay in an essay penned for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Rumors of Cook’s sexual orientation persisted for years as the famously private executive shed little light on his personal life. He’s been open about his lifestyle with many co-workers, though.

“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he said. ”Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences,” he observed, adding that “not everyone is so lucky”.

No matter how you look at it, this is a historic move: the CEO of the world’s most powerful corporation just announced publicly he’s gay. Top-level executives rarely, if ever, discuss their sexual preference out of fear of losing customers, proving that corporate America as a whole still has a long way to go to embrace the individuality and fight against discrimination at workplace.

Cook’s bombshell announcement is a step in the right direction so hopefully a few other high-profile CEOs will follow suit. Read More

 

Tim Cook talks Apple Watch battery, Apple Pay numbers and more in WSJ interview

By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2014

Tim Cook took the stage earlier tonight at the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJ.D Live conference at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach, California. The CEO participated in a lengthy interview, as well as a Q&A session, which produced some pretty interesting tidbits regarding Apple and its products.

Of course, given that Cook has done a handful of high profile interviews in recent months, you’ve probably heard some of the stuff mentioned at tonight’s event. However, he does offer up some new information regarding Apple Watch battery life, why the iPod classic was discontinued, and other morsels. Read More

 
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