Apple COO Jeff Williams: 'People Have Been Really Resourceful and We're Moving the Ball Forward'

Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams is "optimistic" about the economy's ability to rebound from the impact of the global health crisis, according to an interview he did with Fox Business this morning. Williams said that he feels great about the economy in the long haul, and cited Apple's recent launch of three new products.

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"I am optimistic. As you look around, you see the resilience of the people working through this challenging time and when I take a look inside of Apple, I couldn't be more encouraged. During last quarter, even though these are challenging times, we launched three new products and I feel great about the economy in the long haul and it's just a matter of getting from here to there."

Williams also reiterated statements that Apple CEO Tim Cook made during Apple's recent earnings call on Apple's supply chain. Williams said that Apple has addressed its supply chain issues, though he did not comment on whether products might be delayed. "Our supply chains are running largely at capacity," he said. "People are continuing to work."

There have been rumors suggesting some of the 2020 iPhone models could launch later than expected, much like the split between the ‌iPhone‌ XS and XR back in 2018. "I couldn't be prouder of the team finding new ways to get the job done," he said. "People have been really resourceful and we're moving the ball forward."

Williams explained that Apple has plans to open additional retail stores in the coming weeks. Apple has already reopened a store in South Korea, a store in Austria, and 21 of its stores in Australia. "We're bullish in the long haul," said Williams.

Top Rated Comments

derek916 Avatar
12 months ago
Hopefully now that all the Apple execs have been doing internet calls they'll see how terrible the webcams are on macs.. and maybe we will see a future above 720p
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
12 months ago
I feel great about the economy


umm, ok You're the only one on earth who does then.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
12 months ago
I think he'd do a great job as a future Apple CEO. It makes me wonder if he is next in line. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in some of those BOD meetings.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
12 months ago
I can see him as Cook's successor, but ideally it would be great to have a more design minded person at the helm instead of an operations minded person.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonblatho Avatar
12 months ago

I would like to see Craig Federighi as CEO?, Jeff Williams would be Ok as well, isn't he a product guy, just what Apple needs, we've seen changes in hardware last 2 years, I think Jeff is behind this.
Craig Federighi has wonderful stage presence and is a really smart guy, especially with software engineering.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he’d be a good fit as the CEO of a massive company like Apple, and there exist strong arguments for why the COO of any company is generally a safe bet to step in should the CEO leave. It’s just the strongly similar nature of their duties.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
12 months ago
Jeff is not the guy you want if you need to raise enthusiasm.........
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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