Tim Cook makes TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

Tim Cook added to his long list of accolades on Thursday, by making TIME’s annual ‘100 Most Influential People’ list. The Apple CEO joins other pioneers, leaders and cultural icons such as rap artist Kanye West, Pope Francis, and Xiaomi founder Lei Jun.

Civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis calls Cook a ‘courageous innovator’ in his TIME piece on the executive, praising him for both the work he has done at Apple, and his unwavering commitment to the fight for equality and human rights. Read More

 

Win lunch with Tim Cook and two VIP tickets to attend future Apple keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

For the third year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a charity auction organized by the fundraising service CharityBuzz. You can now bid on the opportunity to have lunch with Cook on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, and to be his guest at an Apple keynote event. In fact, the highest bidder will win not one but two VIP passes to an Apple keynote. Read More

 

Apple Watch deliveries may arrive sooner than expected

By Cody Lee on Apr 13, 2015

Good news today for those hoping that their Apple Watches will arrive before their estimated ship dates. MacRumors reports that a reader, who emailed Tim Cook over the weekend regarding the lengthy lead times for the wearable, received a response from the executive team saying that preorders will most likely ship sooner than expected.

“[Apple] said that June preorders will most likely ship sooner than June,” said reader Andrew Turko, after speaking with someone on Apple’s executive relations team. “Of course he didn’t make any promises, but that’s the reason Apple is announcing such an extended ship date after all – to avoid disappointment through false guarantees.” Read More

 

Tim Cook: Apple Watch pre-orders have been ‘great’

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2015

Tim Cook took time out of his day on Friday to visit his local Palo Alto Apple Store, to greet folks trying on the Apple Watch. The CEO shook hands, posed for photos, and fielded questions regarding Apple’s highly anticipated wearable.

CNBC was on hand for the meet-and-greet and managed to speak with Cook for a moment about the Watch, and what he’s seen in terms of initial response. Unsurprisingly, he says the company has been “impressed” with consumer enthusiasm. Read More

 

Tim Cook tells employees they’ll get up to 50% off Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2015

Tim Cook sent out a memo to all Apple employees today, pumping them up for their retail Apple Watch kickoff on Friday. While the device will not officially available until the 24th of this month, customers will be able to submit pre-orders and try on the wearable beginning on the 10th.

In the memo, obtained by 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, Cook tells employees that tens of millions of people have watched their Apple Watch keynotes and developers have submitted over 1000 new apps and updates with support for the device. He also announces special employee pricing. Read More

 

Tim Cook on post-Jobs era after being named Fortune’s ‘World’s Greatest Leader’

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

It’s officially Tim Cook’s era at Apple as Fortune has named the Apple CEO the ‘World’s Greatest Leader’. After winning the coveted tittle, Cook gave an interview to Fortune in which he reflected on a post-Jobs era and shared interesting tidbits on what it’s like to cope with the pressure that comes with leading such a huge company as Apple.

For starters, he had to learn to ignore his critics. “I’m not running for office,” Cook said in an in-depth Fortune profile.

“I don’t need your vote. I have to feel myself doing what’s right,” Cook continued. “If I’m the arbiter of that instead of letting the guy on TV be that or someone who doesn’t know me at all, then I think that’s a much better way to live.” Read More

 

Tim Cook talks Apple future in sweeping Fast Company interview

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook sat down with Fast Company’s Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender to discuss a wide range of topics in a sweeping interview published this morning.

He discussed topics like the future of the company Steve Jobs co-founded, upcoming Apple Campus 2 (iSpaceship), Steve Jobs’ legacy and more.

The Apple CEO also addressed Apple Watch skepticism, explained how Apple lives “outside the box” and said everything about Apple can change except values. Read More

 

Interesting excerpts from ‘Becoming Steve Jobs,’ upcoming Apple-endorsed biography

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Penned by the The Wall Street Journal and Fortune reporter Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor with Fast Company, ‘Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader’ is slated for release on March 24 and already whole sections have been posted online. Endorsed by Apple execs, it’s fairest portrayal of the famous inventor who co-founded and led Apple to become the world’s top corporation.

Unlike Walter Isaacson’s much maligned biography, Becoming Steve Jobs offers an insight into the side of Steve Jobs you didn’t know: kind, patient and human.

Leaked excerpts offer Tim Cook’s reflections on working for such a demanding boss, the secret projects they discussed doing and not doing, tidbits on Jobs’ thought process and the events leading up to Jobs’s passing on October 5, 2011, including the story of Cook offering to give Jobs his liver. Read More

 

Tim Cook calls into CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’, talks ResearchKit, Apple Pay and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2015

It seemed like just another episode of Mad Money, CNBC’s polarizing financial TV show, until host Jim Cramer took a call from “Tim in California.” As you’ve probably guessed by now, it was Apple CEO Tim Cook on the line, prompting cheers from a surprised studio.

Cook began the call by congratulating Cramer on “10 great years of Mad Money,” but it was clear he had other things to talk about. The first thing was ResearchKit, Apple’s medical research app platform it unveiled on Monday, which as already had over 10,000 signups. Read More

 

CIA reportedly working to crack Apple device security to gain spy access

By Jake Smith on Mar 10, 2015

The Intercept reports the Central Intelligence Agency has been working for years to find ways to break through the security of Apple devices, with work spanning a year before the first iPhone was released. The Intercept basis its report on leaked documents, that explain a yearly gathering of CIA officials, called the “Jamboree”, to talk about flaws in commercial electronics. Read More

 

Investors suggest Apple buy Tesla at annual shareholder meeting

By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2015

Would Apple consider acquiring electric car-maker Tesla? That was the question posed to Tim Cook by two Apple investors during the company’s annual shareholder meeting today. And as you’d imagine, the chief executive gracefully deflected the question.

Recode attended the meeting, and noted Cook responded to the query by talking about CarPlay and its 40+ model rollout this year. “Was that a good way to avoid the question?” When pressed he joked, “let me think if there’s another way to give a non-answer.” Read More

 

Apple posts “Spring Forward” event video for you to relive announcements

By Jake Smith on Mar 9, 2015

Apple has posted the entire video of the “Spring Forward” media event, where Tim Cook and other Apple executives talked more about the Apple Watch and unveiled a new MacBook. Read More

 

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

 
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