Tim Cook holds Town Hall meeting to discuss iPhone sales, Apple TV and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2016

Following its record Q1 earnings report, Tim Cook and other top Apple executives held a Town Hall meeting, reports 9to5Mac. The meeting took place at the company’s Infinite Loop headquarters, and served as an open discussion forum between employees and their leaders.

Citing multiple sources who attended the event, 9to5Mac says Cook and others talked about a wide range of topics. These included everything from information related to new employee benefits, iPad growth, Apple Watch sales, and they even offered teasers for future products. Read More

 

Tim Cook: virtual reality is really cool and has some interesting applications

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2016

During Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings call on Tuesday, Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri discussed the company’s performance over the past 3 months. We’ve put together a nice little roundup of all the interesting stuff, but we thought this particular exchange was worth a separate post.

In the Q&A portion of the call, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster—who made a name for himself through his tireless predictions that Apple was building a TV set—asked Tim Cook what he thought about virtual reality. And in his first public comments on the topic, Cook answered. Read More

 

Tim Cook earned $10.3 million in 2015 as Apple’s CEO

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2016

Ever wonder how much it pays to be the CEO of one of the world’s largest companies? About $10 million. On Wednesday, Apple submitted a new SEC filing showing that Tim Cook’s total compensation for fiscal 2015 was $10,281,327.

Broken down, Cook received $2 million in base salary, $8 million in non-equity compensation, and $280K in “other” compensation. Note that this doesn’t include the $50+ million in awarded Apple stock that vested for Cook this year. Read More

 

Inside Apple: Charlie Rose interviews Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Angela Ahrendts, Phil Schiller, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

CBS has posted video of its Inside Apple interview conducted by 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose. The interview encompasses a wide range of subjects such as Apple’s design studio activity, following Steve Jobs, the success of the Apple Watch, China, and much more.

True, most of the content consists of softball questions, and there’s really nothing new to be gleaned here that we didn’t already know. Still, it’s a highly-calculated, yet nevertheless interesting, look inside Ive’s design studio, Apple management meetings, and other behind-the-scenes clips. In other words, if you’re a fan of Apple, it’s basically must-see TV. Read More

 

Tim Cook says Apple tax avoidance talk is ‘total political crap’

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2015

60 Minutes on Friday shared a one minute clip from its upcoming interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the preview, Charlie Rose asks for Cook’s thoughts regarding Apple’s congressional tax hearing, which found the company to be engaged in a “sophisticated scheme” to avoid taxes on its $74 billion held overseas.

“That is total political crap,” Cook says. “There is no truth behind it. Apple pays every tax dollar we owe.” He explains that Apple does a lot of business overseas, which is why a lot of its revenues are overseas, and although the company would like to bring that cash back to the United States, it would cost 40% to do so. Read More

 

Tim Cook comments on Apple’s controversial new iPhone battery case

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2015

Tim Cook on Wednesday attended one of Apple’s Hour of Code events in New York, where he fielded questions regarding his company’s new iPhone battery case. Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff asked the CEO if he was excited about the new case, which many folks have started referring to as “the hump.”

“You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” he said, adding that Apple was well aware of the comments being made about the Smart Battery Case. He went on to talk about some of the advantages of it over competing products, such as how easy it is to attach and remove the case from your phone. Read More

 

Tim Cook shares ‘Just Say Hi’ video message for Cerebral Palsy Foundation

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, an initiative dedicated to transforming lives for people with cerebral palsy through research, innovation and collaboration.

In an interesting video message posted to the foundation’s website, Cook can be seen conversing with Siri as he invites people to ‘just say hi’ to those whose lives have been affected with cerebral palsy. Read More

 

Tim Cook on why making converged Mac and iPad doesn’t make sense

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with The Independent to talk the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple’s latest addition to the iPad lineup.

Asked to shed more light on his statement to The Daily Telegraph last week that most mainstream consumers might no longer be interested in buying a PC, Cook reiterated that “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same” and argued that people “are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad”. Read More

 

Tim Cook says Apple has more health features in mind, talks iPad Pro and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Yesterday, Tim Cook sat with The Telegraph’s Allister Heath to talk a range of topics, including the Apple TV and the future of television, the forthcoming arrival of the iPad Pro and plans for the Apple Watch.

According to Cook, the company is considering additional health features. He also revealed why Apple doesn’t want to put the Apple Watch through the certification process by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and more. Read More

 

Apple CEO predicts ‘massive change’ coming to autonomous driving

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook is one of the few people in the technology industry who have an uncanny insight into the future of technology so little wonder his vague hints at his company’s next moves are being carefully scrutinized by pundits and examined for meaning.

When it comes to the automobile industry, Cook has once again deflected iCar-related questions, refusing to acknowledge the existence of the company’s rumored electric car, dubbed Project Titan.

That, however, didn’t stop him from teasing that the car industry is at an “inflection point for massive change” during his interview last night at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. Read More

 

Cook: Apple Watch sales accelerating, new health features in development

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed a variety of topics at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference last night in Laguna Beach, California, including confirming pre-sales for the new Apple TV next Monday and revealing that Apple Music currently has 6.5 million paid customers.

And while Cook was mum on Apple Watch sales—”We don’t want to give information to competitors,” he said—he did allude to additional health-related functions coming to Apple’s wearable platform in the future. Read More

 

Apple Music has convinced 6.5 million users to pay for the service past the free trial

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2015

Following the expiration of the inaugural three-month free trial at the end of September, Apple Music has convinced approximately 6.5 million users to stay with the service as paying subscribers and currently has 8.5 million more customers on three-month trials, said Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference last night in Laguna Beach, California.

“The runway here is really good,” Cook said. By comparison, the leading subscription music service Spotify currently has more than 20 million paying customers.

On the other hand, Spotify’s service has been on the market for a few years now, since 2008, so it is my personal opinion that Apple should be commended for getting a quarter of Spotify’s subscriber base in just a few short months. Read More

 

Apple promises to open up universal search on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

When the new Apple TV launches toward the end of this month, it will allow viewers to use their voice to search movies and television shows across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and HBO. Fans of the device were initially concerned that the new box would offer preferential treatment to the aforesaid services. Thankfully, that won’t be the case.

As CEO Tim Cook noted in an interview this weekend with BuzzFeed News’s John Paczkowski, the new box will allow apps beyond launch partners to expose and make their content discoverable and searchable via iOS 9’s universal search feature.

It’s a crucial confirmation: content from other broadcasters and studios such as NBC, Disney and CNN must be exposed through the Apple TV’s Siri-based search if the device is to streamline the user experience. Read More

 

Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook talk iPhone 6s and more on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last evening to discuss several topics of interest in a ten-minute segment. Among other things, Cook pitched the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones and talked about Apple’s effort to improve its supply chain conditions, his coming out as gay, social responsibility, driverless cars and more.

Apple has even created witty Siri response to Colbert’s queries about what he should ask Cook, to which the personal digital assistant responded “Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise”. We have a video of Cook’s Tonight Show appearance for you to watch in case you missed the show. Read More

 

Apple is “looking at” letting consumers remove (some) unwanted stock iOS apps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2015

Soon you might no longer need to put unwanted stock apps inside a junk folder on your Home screen like an animal because Apple is “looking at” letting consumers delete stock apps that come with the iPhone.

In an interview with John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed News, CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that Apple might allow customers to get rid of some stock apps like Compass, Stocks, Podcasts, Tips and more, but in the same breath cautioned that core iOS apps critical to the user experience—such as Messages, Safari or Mail—will remain irreplaceable for the time being. Read More

 

Tim Cook to appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert next week

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook will appear on the new “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” next week. Colbert made the announcement himself via Twitter, posting a picture of him using an Apple Watch asking Siri to add Cook to his calendar.

For those unfamiliar with the program, the Late Show is a primetime talk show that began in the early 90’s with host David Letterman. In May, Letterman retired, and popular TV personality Stephen Colbert took his place this month.  Read More

 

Tim Cook says iPhone activations in China growing as $AAPL stock falls below $100

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare move today by responding to an email from CNBC’s Jim Cramer. Cook’s letter, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, addresses the company’s quarter so far and basically says that everything’s fine with Apple’s business and performance in China.

Apple’s stock has been declining since the company’s June quarter earnings showed iPhone sales coming slightly below investors’ expectations. This morning, $AAPL fell below $100 amid bigger stock market woes as most indices are in the red today. Read More

 

Tim Cook has helped fund a startup behind a water-conserving shower head

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook has invested some of his personal money in Nebia, a six-person start-up based in San Francisco which has developed a water-conserving shower head.

The startup has also received funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation, which was co-founded by Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google. Apple confirmed to The New York Times that its CEO’s stake in Nebia was a personal investment, not on behalf of the company. Read More

 

Initial developer interest in Apple Watch higher than in early iPhones and iPads, Cook says

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2015

During his China tour last month that took him to the eastern city of Hangzhou, home to the largest Apple Store worldwide, CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Watch has attracted greater adoption by developers than the earliest iPhones and iPads had, according to an interview published Monday by the Chinese language edition of Bloomberg Businessweek.

He said developers have been working on more than 3,500 apps for the watch, a data point Cook reiterated during the WWDC keynote earlier this month. By comparison, the App Store launched with 500 iPhone apps back in the summer of 2008 and there were about a thousand apps available for the first iPad in 2010. Read More

 

Tim Cook takes jabs at Google and Facebook in speech about privacy and security

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2015

Tim Cook took time out of his busy schedule yesterday to talk about privacy with folks attending EPIC’s Champions of Freedom event in Washington. EPIC, a non-profit research center focused on emerging privacy issues, was honoring the CEO for his superior “corporate leadership.”

Cook addressed attendees via a remote video feed, and spoke about a number of topics regarding privacy, security and what they mean to Apple versus other Silicon Valley tech giants. TechCrunch has a transcription of the speech, and he takes quite a few jabs at Facebook and Google. Read More

 
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