Sunday 15 December 2019

Apple chief Tim Cook hints at cooperation with Facebook

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

APPLE chief executive Tim Cook said television is an area of "intense focus" for the company and he sees the possibility of greater cooperation with Facebook.

Mr Cook also said he hoped to see a day when Apple builds more products in the United States, rather than Asia.

The chief executive, who recently voluntarily forfeited $75m in dividend payments, was appearing at the D10 conference in California.

Asked about TV he said: “We’re going to keep pulling this string and see where it takes us.” The company is reportedly working on a television to be released in 2013.

Mr Cook said Facebook was a "great company," he has "great respect for them," and people should "stay tuned." He added: "I think two people with strong points of view can appreciate each other even more.”

Apple has faced criticism over conditions at its Foxconn factory in China. Asked if an iPhone would ever say "assembled in the US," he said: "It may." Mr Cook added: “I want there to be a product made in the United States.”

He said the company would continue with a determination to maintain secrecy about its products.

Mr Cook also spoke about taking over last August from Steve Jobs, who he called a "genius and visionary." It was "the saddest days of my life" when Jobs died, he said. He said he did not view his role as "replacing" Jobs who was an "original."

He said: "That's not who I am. That's not my goal in life. I am who I am, and I'm focused on that

Mr Cook said he "loved every day" running Apple and "never felt the weight of trying to be Steve."

He said Jobs had spoken to him about what happened at Disney when Walt Disney died, and how people had asked "What would Walt have done?" Mr Cook said Jobs told him never to do that, and to "just do what's right."

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