Apple CEO Tim Cook this week spent time in Japan, and during his trip, he sat down with Japanese news site Nikkei to cover familiar topics like privacy, manufacturing, and health.

Cook visited Apple supplier Seiko Advance in Tokyo, met with developers in the area, visited a primary school, and stopped by several local Apple Stores.

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Cook said that Apple does manufacturing by looking at "all countries" and seeing what skills are available. "We pick the best," Cook said. He pointed out that Apple has created well over two million jobs in the United States, and says there's "enormous manufacturing" happening there. "Just not the assembly of the final product," he said.

On the topic of Apple's ability to innovate, Cook said that the smartphone market has not yet reached its peak and there are still advancements to come.

"I know of no one who would call a 12-year-old mature," he said. "Sometimes these steps are humongous, sometimes these steps are smaller. But the key is to always make things better, not just change for change's sake."

"The ethos and the DNA of the company have never been stronger on the innovation front. The product line has never been stronger."

Cook went on to say that he believes Apple's greatest contribution to humankind will be in health, something that he's said several times before. He specifically pointed out the ECG function of the Apple Watch as evidence of Apple's progress.

Cook also spoke about competition and monopolies, claiming that Apple has "more competitors than any company on earth." Apple is facing regulatory investigations in the United States and Europe over its App Store policies amid accusations that Apple has an unfair advantage over third-party app developers.

"A monopoly by itself isn't bad if it's not abused," Cook said, while insisting that Apple does not have a monopoly in any sector. "The question for those companies is, do they abuse it? And that is for regulators to decide, not for me to decide."

Cook ended the interview with a spiel on privacy, a topic that he often covers. He reiterated once again that customers are not Apple's product, and that Apple does not believe in trafficking data.

‌Tim Cook‌'s full interview with Nikkei can be read over on the Nikkei website.

Top Rated Comments

brinary001 Avatar
24 months ago
Oh Tim, I love you man and I love Apple, but I'll have to disagree with you that innovation "has never been stronger"... You guys spent 2019 fixing your own mistakes and just giving your customers the simple requests they've had for years now. It's appreciated sure, but hardly innovative.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Plutonius Avatar
24 months ago
Tim would make a good politician.

He's a master at the spin.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
24 months ago
He’s right. Apple made the best iPhones ever in iPhone 11, iPad has returned to growth, wearables are exploding, and services get better all the time.

Tim Cook has done an amazing job. He’s also handled the President better than I think any CEO in America.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
24 months ago

He’s right. Apple made the best iPhones ever in iPhone 11, iPad has returned to growth, wearables are exploding, and services get better all the time.

Tim Cook has done an amazing job. He’s also handled the President better than I think any CEO in America.
Let's not forget iPadOS has truly unlocked the potential of iPad Pro to be the world's only SuperComputer for the masses.

HomePod with its awarding-winning sound profile.

Apple TV and Apple TV+ revolutionising home entertainment.

Tim Cook gets it. Steve Jobs could not have made a better decision in choosing him to be his successor.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chytin Avatar
24 months ago
Tim Cook really loves the attention he gets from the media. I love to see an interview with him about products, state of iOS 13, Mac Pro performance, etc.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PC_tech Avatar
24 months ago

Educate yourself if you think Apple hasn’t handled the President brilliantly. I’m not dignifying it with a long explanation. He’s been better than superb.
You’re always asking for proof and you can’t provide any when asked..... How anyone takes you seriously is beyond me.


Let's not forget iPadOS has truly unlocked the potential of iPad Pro to be the world's only SuperComputer for the masses.

HomePod with its awarding-winning sound profile.

Apple TV and Apple TV+ revolutionising home entertainment.

Tim Cook gets it. Steve Jobs could not have made a better decision in choosing him to be his successor.
Wishful thinking
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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