Film opens in New York, LA; wider release October 16, 23
On the eve of his film Steve Jobs opening in select theaters, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin appeared on the Conan O'Brien show to talk about the film, and got back into the brief dust-up between Cook and Sorkin, who took comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook that biographical pictures about Jobs generally are "opportunistic." The Universal Pictures film, which has garnered strongly positive reviews, has opened in a handful of cinemas in New York and LA, and will roll out to a wider release throughout October.
CEO accepts HRC award, Ive and Iovine speak at Vanity Fair conference
Three recent appearances by leading Apple executives have provided further insight into their views on a variety of topics, ranging from Tim Cook's desire to be a role model to Sir Jonathan Ive's remembrances of Steve Jobs to music executive Jimmy Iovine's dislike of "freemium" music services. Ive and Iovine were interviewed as part of a conference hosted by Vanity Fair, while Cook was honored by the Human Rights Campaign last week for his position as a role model for LGBT youth as well as his efforts to promote diversity and equality in general.
One More Thing rolls on for its seventh episode
Nobody has ever thought this before when they typed a filename ending in 007. Nobody. Please join the roguishly handsome William Gallagher –– oh, you're never going to check –– and suave Malcolm Owen as they get down into OS X El Capitan in earnest. Then there is the sheer sea of news from Adobe that Malcolm's going to explain and Tim Cook's visibility award that he, William and you are going to applaud.
Email from Apple CEO recalls leader, mentor, dear friend
Tim Cook has sent out an email to Apple, commemorating the fourth anniversary of founder Steve Jobs' death. In addition to celebrating the man's accomplishments and family, the email reminds "everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much."
Cook's interest in equality encompasses race, gender discrimination issues
The Human Rights Campaign, an organization focused on LGBT discrimination, will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with its Visibility Award at its 19th annual National Dinner on October 3. The organization noted Cook's role model status for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, his contributions to organizations such as HRC which fight LGBT discrimination, and his efforts to promote equality and diversity for minorities generally, as well as his strong stance on privacy rights.
Cook firmly against NSA surveillance, encryption back doors
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to National Public Radio's All Things Considered radio show yesterday to discuss Apple's stance on several hot-button issues. In his interview with host Robert Siegel, Cook addressed governmental information requests, as well as the requests for "back doors" into Apple's encryption. Additionally, Apple's stance on user privacy was delved into, and a conversation was had about how Apple utilizes customers' purchasing history.
Cloud storage company announces alternative camera app for secure shoots
Enterprise-focused cloud storage company Box kicked off its BoxWorks 2015 conference with a pre-keynote chat with Apple CEO Tim Cook before announcing a new, iOS-only app called Box Capture that works as a substitute for Apple's own Camera app by automatically sending snapped images securely to private Box storage for team members, who can comment on the images directly. Cook focused his "fireside chat" with Box CEO Aaron Levie mostly on enterprise topics.
Modi urges Cook to set up manufacturing facility, Apple Pay in India
Following a meeting with the President of China, Apple CEO Tim Cook has also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as we reported previously. According to a report in the Times of India, the two discussed the possibility of Apple setting up manufacturing facilities in the country, as well as how Apple Pay might be implemented there. Cook is said to have "responded positively" to both proposals, which could open the door to official Apple Stores in the country.
Says both went too far, invites Apple CEO to see latest movie
On Friday, MacNN reported on remarks from Steve Jobs screenplay author Aaron Sorkin, who took umbrage to a comment Apple CEO Tim Cook made on last week's appearance on Stephen Colbert's Late Night show addressing in a general manner the various movies that have tried to address or capture the life and personality of the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. Cook said he found such movies "opportunistic" and "not a great part of our world," though he had not yet seen the new film from Sorkin and director Danny Boyle. Sorkin, having accused Cook of hypocrisy in the "opportunistic" remark, has since apologized.
Other tech CEOs in Washington following conference with Xi in Seattle
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson attended a White House state dinner in honor of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, hosted by the President and First Lady. Cook and Jackson sat with the Obamas at the head table, and Cook had met previously with Xi at a conference in Seattle attended by numerous US tech CEOs and executives, many of whom were also at tonight's dinner. President Obama and President Xi held a joint press conference earlier in the day that covered cybersecurity, trade agreements, and military relations.
Attack likely based on misunderstanding ahead of new biopic's debut
The Oscar- and Emmy-winner screenwriter of the latest biographical film about Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin, has responded with hostility to a stray remark Apple CEO Tim Cook made during an appearance on the Late Night TV show last week. Cook had said, in response to a question about all of the various movies portraying former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs' life, that he thought "a lot of people" were trying to be "opportunistic" and that "it's not a great part of our world." Sorkin, who was not likely the target of the remarks, appears to have taken them personally.
Joswiak in New York, Ahrendts in London, Wozniak in California
[Updated with Tim Cook spotting] At least three of Apple's executive team, and its co-founder, have been spotted at various Apple Stores as part of the celebrations surrounding the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus around the world on Friday. Apple's retail chief, Dame Angela Ahrendts was at the Covent Garden store in London, while CEO Tim Cook was spotted in Georgetown, and VP of iPhone Marketing Greg Joswiak appeared at the icon "glass cube" Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The day also marked the debut of new gray t-shirts for the worldwide retail team. Steve Wozniak, as is his custom, stood in line with fans in Santa Clara to get his new iPhone.
Other tech and Chinese CEOs to attend meeting over economic, IP issues
Tech and major US companies will meet with their Chinese counterparts as part of a delegation joining Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of his first US visit, at a conference in Seattle. Among those who will meet with the Chinese leader are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Disney chief (and Apple board member) Bob Iger, and Bershire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett. Chinese executives from many of China's largest tech firms, such as Alibab, Baidu, and Tencent, will also be present at the meeting.
Apple India pushing HQ for new iPhone to arrive early ahead of Diwali holiday
Apple CEO Tim Cook will meet with the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, when Modi is visiting the US west coast in late September. The Indian PM may be meeting with Cook to help persuade Apple to invest in building or investing in manufacturing or R&D facilities in the country, which has a large and capable pool of tech workers and is an important developing market for the iPhone maker. Cook, for his part, may also be interested in bringing directly-owned Apple Stores to the country for the first time.
Lighthearted talk covers iPhone 6s features, ethics, Jobs, alleged Apple Car
Following a jovial rampage through some NYC Apple Stores with fellow executives Eddy Cue and Greg Jozwiak in tow, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on Tuesday night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with the host both wearing an Apple Watch (which notably replaced a traditional wristwatch the host wore last week) and toting a new Rose Gold iPhone 6s -- continuing Colbert's tradition of receiving such Apple gifts ahead of public release.
Voice activation, photo pre-recording stays local, not transmitted anywhere
Ahead of tonight's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a number of appearances at Apple Stores around Manhattan, all of them unannounced, meeting customers and employees. In addition, he and the company have been doing some groundwork on promoting Apple's latest technologies, including clarifying the privacy situation regarding the optional "Hey Siri" always-on feature, or the camera recording in Live Photos, both new features coming with the latest iPhones.
Apple CEO to meet up with new Apple Watch fan Stephen Colbert Tuesday night
New The Late Show show host Stephen Colbert has announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will be a guest on the Tuesday, September 15 episode of the program through a humorous tweet, showing an image of a delighted Colbert with his Apple Watch saying "Siri, put Apple CEO Tim Cook on my calendar for Tuesday, Sept. 15. Oh, and come up with some questions to ask him."
Apple's top two executives use press to promote latest products
Following on the heels of a planned appearance at cloud storage company Box's BoxWorks conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook will also return as a guest speaker at the mid-October WJD.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. While Cook's specific day and time have not yet been announced, he will likely again be the subject of a Q&A session as he was last year with Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Gerry Baker. Meanwhile, Apple Design Chief Sir Jonathan Ive has given an interview to the WSJ with Hermés Artistic Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas over the two companies' new Apple Watch collaboration.
Award part of pre-arranged performance compensation package
[Updated with filing info for Eddy Cue] A pair of filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue have been awarded a total of 910,000 shares of AAPL stock for differing reasons. In the case of Cook, the company's performance relative to other companies in the S&P 500 over the last two years merited the award. The combined gross value of the stock is nearly $94 million at current prices.
Cook's letter to Jim Cramer may have violated SEC disclosure regulation
Attorneys at various news agencies are claiming that Apple CEO Tim Cook is in violation of US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. The analysts purport that the letter to CNBC analyst and fund manager Jim Cramer that was read during a broadcast violate fair disclosure of corporate financial information, and the public exchange of data that may impact stock pricing.
CEO seeks to reassure investors on China market strength, Apple growth
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has previously demonstrated a fondness for CNBC stock showman Jim Cramer, sent the host an email that Cramer subsequently made public in which Cook reassures Cramer and his audience that current worries about the Chinese economy (which have taken a substantive toll on the entire stock market, including Apple's stock) are fleeting, and that Apple's growth in the country continues apace.
Water-saving Nebia shower head received personal investment from Apple CEO
A start-up that has previously received funding from Apple CEO Tim Cook has launched a product on Kickstarter. The Nebia Shower is pitched as a shower head that uses 70 percent less water than typical models, allowing it to potentially pay for itself within two years in water savings alone. The washing device has already exceeded its original funding goal of $100,000 with 30 more days left to run on the Kickstarter campaign.
Apple store and main website combined into single entity
Yesterday late, Apple revamped its online presence. The previous separate store is gone, replaced by direct buying links on each product page, and a unified "shopping bag" icon to replace the "store" button in the top menu bar of the site. Clicking on the purchase link no longer redirects to the store.apple.com domain, instead filling the always-available shopping bag, and streamlines the product purchase process.
Legislator meets with Cook, says Apple is 'on the right track' in outreach, hiring
The Congressional Black Caucus has called for Apple and other Silicon Valley companies to update or release federal data on workplace diversity, with California state representative Barbara Lee having met with Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier in the week on behalf of the group. She praised Cook and Apple's efforts thus far, saying "Apple seems to be moving in the right direction," but also met with several other tech firms that have been less transparent on the issue.
Apple CEO greets visitors to celebrate debut of Apple Watch in Turkey
Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.
Strategy Analytics estimates first-quarter shipments of four million units
One day after Apple CEO Tim Cook debunked reports that sales of the Apple Watch were slipping by saying in a conference call with analysts that in fact, June sales had outperformed both May and April -- including the original rush of pre-orders, new data from Strategy Analytics claims that not only has Apple handily stolen the crown of top smartwatch seller from Samsung in just its first full quarter, the company has outsold all rivals combined year-to-date.
CEO specifically debunks recent report of declining sales
Although Apple has declined once again to provide sales numbers on the Apple Watch in order to avoid giving valuable information away to competitors, CEO Tim Cook took time out Tuesday's conference call with analysts to specifically challenge a recent report by Slice Intelligence that claimed that Watch sales were declining, and had fallen 90 percent since its debut weekend. Cook said that in fact, sales in June were the highest yet.
Fourth attendance of Sun Valley event for Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at this week's Sun Valley media conference this week, in one of his regular visits to the Allen & Company gathering. Accompanied by Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, Cook spent time with executives of a number of tech companies, with major names from both inside and outside the technology industry in attendance at the event in Idaho.
Apple CEO was Fuqua business school scholar, awarded MBA in 1982
Though Apple CEO Tim Cook often identifies as an Auburn alumnus and strong supporter of the football program there, he is also a graduate of Duke University in North Carolina, having graduated with an MBA from Duke's Fuqua business school. On Tuesday, Duke University named Cook as one of several new members of the Board of Trustees for the school. Along with other board members, Cook will help direct the school's fiscal and educational policies.
Announces new Chinese educational programs to be offered in schools
In a new interview given to the Chinese-language version of Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook admits that the company takes Chinese consumer tastes into account in its product designs, along with other factors. Cook specifically pointed to the gold color option -- first introduced with 2013's iPhone 5s and now expanded to the iPad and new 12-inch Retina MacBook line -- as reflecting in part "the popularity of that color among Chinese users."
Not just the betas, but what's going on behind them, plus Oculus Rift VR
WWDC has come and gone for another year, and with it a plethora of new announcements and betas. Despite our fairly abysmal "wild guess" record, we did come up 90 percent right on our list of things we "knew" would happen (Tim Cook skipped his usual run-through of how great Apple is doing just to spite us). This time, we look at what actually happened at WWDC, in the larger tech industry, Apple Music, and what it all might mean.
Apple CEO asks execs to investigate retail employee complaints
According to documents unsealed in an ongoing lawsuit brought by Apple retail workers against the company, Apple Store employees took to writing emails directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook to complain about the way employee bag check searches, which are intended to guard against pilfering and loss, are conducted. The lawsuit contends that employees are subject to "demeaning" procedures that also cost them excessive time and lost wages.
Speaks strongly against government, tech firms data collection practices
Even as the Republican-dominated US Senate passed a measure attempting to restore some -- but not all -- of the government's bulk data-collection powers (which expired on Monday), Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his role as America's leading corporate pro-privacy advocate by speaking via teleconferencing at an event hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where he was honored as one of America's "Champions of Freedom."
Apple CEO's gift currently worth $6.56 million, according to SEC
A new SEC filing by Apple has revealed that CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock to an unnamed organization, which if sold now would be worth more than $6.56 million. Cook donated the shares out of his personal holdings of AAPL, and was required to file an SEC Form 4 to disclose the transfer, but did not specify which charity has received the gift. Cook has tended to donate to social justice and LGBT organizations.
Cook discusses meeting famous and influential men throughout his life
This past weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement speech to The George Washington University graduating class of 2015. In it, he discussed his first trip to Washington, DC at the age of 16 in 1977, as well as the 1998 meeting with Steve Jobs that convinced him to join Apple, as part of Jobs' efforts to save the then-floundering company. Cook also expressed his thoughts on the importance of human rights, and the ability of individuals to affect positive change, even in the workplace.
May strike deal with Alibaba ahead of long-stalled Union Pay to move forward
[Updated with Tuesday meetings information] In a move to underscore the importance of the rapidly-growing Chinese market, Apple CEO Tim Cook has opened a social media account on Sino Weibo, and has told the Chinese press that negotiations with regional banks and credit card partners in China to bring Apple Pay to the country continue. The iPhone maker has had trouble reaching an accord with UnionPay, the largest credit-card issuer in the country, but may be bypassing the stalemate by striking a deal with Alibaba.
Minor update patches WebKit security flaws in Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion
On Wednesday, Apple updated its Safari browser for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) to versions 6.2.6, 7.1.6, and 8.0.6, respectively. The updates applied patches to discovered security flaws in WebKit, the underlying engine of Safari, that could have been exploited if left unfixed. Potential problems that could have arisen from the flaws could have resulted in crashes, access to filesystem contents, or allowing a site to spoof a user interface. The updates as relevant will appear in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.
Apple CEO profiled by civil rights leader John Lewis; Ive profiles Airbnb CEO
Time magazine has named Apple CEO Tim Cook as one of the "100 Most Influential People," saying that his work at Apple proves "that even the most successful companies can and should be judged by more than just their bottom line." The profile on Cook was written by long-time civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis, while Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive was tapped to write a profile of Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in the same article.
Proceeds again benefit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice, Human Rights
For the third year running, there is an opportunity for a winning bidder to have lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook, thanks to a Charitybuzz online auction. The lunch data and a pair of VIP tickets to one of Apple's future keynote events are on auction to raise money for Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Last year, a similar auction raised $330,000 for the center. Current bidding, with 21 days to go, is $37,500.
CEO offers employees a half-off discount on sport, steel editions
Following a suggestion from a retail employee during a meeting in Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook has met the suggestion half way: he has decided to offer all Apple employees, including retail workers, a 50 percent discount off the cost of either aluminum "sport" version or the stainless steel version of the Apple Watch, or $550 off the cost of the 18kt gold Edition versions. The discount is only available for 90 days, starting April 10.
Staffers discuss new book, new gaming column, new apps
We're now at episode eight of The MacNN Podcast, which this week welcomes our new Apple Gaming column, as well as reminding listeners about our weekly game news roundup. We also discuss the book Becoming Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook's latest honor from the business world. More confusion about Windows 10 pricing outside China has come to light, and tech companies are asking for changes in the Patriot Act.
Apple, other tech companies react harshly to similar Indiana law
Amidst strong critical and economic reaction to an anti-LGBT law signed by Republican Governor Mike Pence in Indiana, Apple CEO Tim Cook -- recently named as the "World's Greatest [Business] Leader" by Fortune magazine -- has posted on Twitter expressing "deep" disappointment with the move and urging another Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, not to sign a similar measure.
New interview discusses pressures of leadership, higher profile of colleagues
On Thursday, Fortune magazine named Apple CEO Tim Cook to the top spot of its "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," which largely refers to business and industry leaders rather than government officials. The honor came with a new interview with Cook as well as some of those who work with him, and addresses many of Cook's and the company's successes (and a few missteps) in the lengthy profile.
Inner circle felt need to help provide more complete picture of complex leader
After a long period of refusing to participate, and following some "reflection" on how Jobs was portrayed in his own authorized biography, Apple executives reversed course and agreed to be interviewed for a new biography on the mercurial co-founder and twice-CEO of Apple. Due to go on sale tomorrow, Becoming Steve Jobs, by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, includes statements made by CEO Tim Cook and numerous other Apple executives, a first for the company since Jobs' death in 2011.
Congratulates host on 10-year anniversary of 'Mad Money' stock show
Say what you want about CNBC financial host Jim Cramer, but he found a way to making talking about stocks for a good portion of the day interesting through a combination of hair-on-fire histrionics and old-fashioned physical comedy. On the occasion of the Mad Money show's tenth anniversary, Apple CEO Tim Cook called in as a surprise to congratulate Cramer, saying that "we love the fact that you highlight innovation as a centerpiece of your show." Cramer took the opportunity to praise Cook as well.
Donation announced on same day as call for African-American on Apple's board
Even as Reverend Jesse Jackson was calling on Apple CEO Tim Cook to name a person of color to Apple's board of directors to replace the retiring Mickey Drexler at its annual shareholder's meeting, the company announced that it would invest some $50 million in grants to various organizations aimed at raising the profile and diversity of minorities, women, and service veterans in the technology industry. The money will fund the first stage of a multi-year effort, the company said.
Cook commits to more work on diversity, dodges questions on board opening, Tesla
The annual Apple shareholders' meeting was held on Tuesday at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, with shareholders re-electing the entire board of directors, expressing confidence in the management team, and following Apple's recommendations on various proposals. The board was re-elected with 95 percent approval, but Apple CEO Tim Cook notably avoided questions about diversity on Apple's board, as well as shareholder questions about a possible Tesla relationship.
CEO Tim Cook reveals details, apps for Apple's latest hardware category
On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives spent the majority of their time during the press event held today talking about the forthcoming Apple Watch. The company finally iterated pricing for the device, one of the biggest mysteries concerning the debut, by saying the Sport version would start at $349 ($399 for the men's model), while the regular model would begin at $549 to $1,040 ($50 more for the 42mm men's watch size), and the deluxe Edition version, which features a solid 18-karat gold body, would be available from $10,000. The Apple Watch will officially open for pre-orders at retail on April 10, and demos are available at Apple Stores. It will debut on April 24 at retail.
First five apps available today, focusing on diabetes, Parkinson's, more
As part of today's Apple "Spring Forward" event, CEO Tim Cook announced ResearchKit, a framework that enables medical researchers to more easily design the apps they're going to use for clinical studies. The first apps available target Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and breast cancer. The app development kit is strictly opt-in for users, and is designed to collate data from research subjects. It runs hand-in-hand with HealthKit, and will be open source for full availability to all who seek to use it.
Product debut build-up resulting in rare access to CEO and design chief
A new interview with Apple design head Sir Jonathan Ive and recent remarks by CEO Tim Cook are shedding some light (and building up hype) for both the Apple Watch and the current outlook of the company and the men who run it. Ive, in an interview with London's Financial Times, explains the rationale behind the development of the Apple Watch, while Cook expanded on his view on privacy, and Apple's industry leadership. In other news, a forthcoming Apple Watch app has already set the bar to a new low.