Tim Cook Visits Japan and Singapore to Meet With Developers and Employees [Updated]

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been touring Tokyo, Japan over the last few days, meeting with local employees, developers, healthcare experts, and others. Cook has been documenting the trip on his Twitter account.

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Cook has traveled to several countries for meets and greets during his eight-year tenure as Apple CEO, including France and Germany in September. He has also visited Canada, China, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom.







Update: Cook has now arrived in Singapore and has met with local employees, developers, students, and photographers.

We'll keep this post updated as Cook continues his tour in Asia.

Top Rated Comments

DoctorTech Avatar
35 months ago
This article finally made me realize why there have been so many negative comments about Tim Cook's leadership at Apple. Tim is very customer (outward) focused rather than process / product (inward) focused. He is also very good at being customer focused. That is NOT a bad thing as he has CXOs and VPs reporting to him who are more internally focused. I frequently disagree with him on politics but I still respect him as a leader and he is a great face / spokesperson for the Apple brand.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
otternonsense Avatar
35 months ago

Say what you want about Tim Cook but he is good at this kind of stuff. And it’s something Steve Jobs never did. I wish the Apple board would promote Jeff Williams to run the company and let Tim Cook focus on this kind of stuff. He’s much better at this than product development.
Whereas Jobs had a deep appreciation for (Japanese) culture, spirituality, innovation, design and aesthetics, Cook is typically all about the exposure and the goofy-two-shoes photo ops with kids.

I agree that someone else should take up product stewardship because it's clear Apple’s product design language, cadence and innovation have languished since 2011. Tim just doesn't care about product.

Is Jeff Williams the right person though?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
35 months ago
Japan is an amazing place. Everyone that I know that visited Japan the first time wants to go back and visit yearly.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
35 months ago
Tokyo is perhaps the best city in the world.

An amazing place with amazing people.


This article finally made me realize why there have been so many negative comments about Tim Cook's leadership at Apple. Tim is very customer (outward) focused rather than process / product (inward) focused. He is also very good at being customer focused. That is NOT a bad thing as he has CXOs and VPs reporting to him who are more internally focused. I frequently disagree with him on politics but I still respect him as a leader and he is a great face / spokesperson for the Apple brand.
Tim Cook is probably the best operational guy in the world.

He is extremely focused on internal process, particularly in the supply chain.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iJustines Avatar
35 months ago
Apple is innovating a lot slower and will probably go into extinction under the leadership of Tim Cook.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peperino Avatar
35 months ago
What innovation Tim Cook is referring too?

The Pathetic Macbooks Pro 2016-19 and the worse keyboard ever
Or a 10 year old design iMac?
or a 10k Mac Pro that you cannot upgrade the internal SSD?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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