Tim Cook sat down with Bloomberg Businessweek for a massive 11-page interview. It’s incredible reading, well worth going through in total, but here are the best bits so far, as we come across them.
On Why Apple Creates
In creating these great products we focus on enriching peopleâ€™s livesâ€”a higher cause for the product. These are the macro things that drive the company.
My own personal philosophy on giving is best stated in a [John F.] Kennedy quote, â€œTo whom much is given, much is expected.â€ I have always believed this. Always.
On Why Apple Is Getting More Transparent About Suppliers
Itâ€™s a recognition that we need to be supersecretive in one part about our products and our road maps. But there are other areas where we will be completely transparent so we can make the biggest difference. Thatâ€™s kind of the way we look at it.
On His Privacy
Iâ€™m not a person that puts value in being recognized. This doesnâ€™t drive me. I am driven by great work and seeing people do incredible things and having a part in that.
On His First Day At Apple
With Apple, my first day at work I crossed a picket line to get in the building! There was a picket line of customers who were protesting, because Steve had decided to kill the Newton device. And it was because they cared so deeply about it. And I thought, â€œThis is amazing.â€
On Why Apple’s Profitability
You know, we want to really enrich peopleâ€™s lives at the end of the day, not just make money. Making money might be a byproduct, but itâ€™s not our North Star.
On How It’s Not Over For The Mac Yet
Weâ€™re fortunate. We find ourselves in two markets right now that are extremely fast-growing and extremely largeâ€”thatâ€™s the phone space and the tablet space. The PC space is also large, but the market itself isnâ€™t growing. However, our share of it is relatively low, so thereâ€™s a lot of headroom for us.
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