Tim Cook talks Android, larger iPhone displays, Motorola and more in recent interview

By on February 11, 2014, 12:15 PM
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Recently Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a somewhat rare and wide ranging interview to The Wall Street Journal. Along with touching on issues regarding Apple's buyback plan and the company's surprising stock dip, the CEO also talked in further detail about Android, Motorola's move from Google to Lenovo, and larger iPhone displays among other things.

When asked about investor concerns that Apple isn't a growth company anymore, Cook responded by saying that even though Apple's most recent numbers may not be as expressive, the company has experienced intense growth over the past few years which is something he expects to continue.

"We went from $65 billion to over $100 billion to $150 billion to $170 billion. These are historic, unprecedented numbers. I don't know any companies adding growth at that level," said Cook. "So when you say $14 billion to $15 billion compared to those numbers, it's clearly smaller and a smaller percentage, but, to put it in some context, that's like adding three Fortune 500 companies in a year. I think that's hard to say that's not a growth company."

When asked about larger iPhone screens, Cook said the company is no way against it, but "that until the technology is ready," Apple doesn't "want to cross that line." Cook has previously mentioned that larger displays can create additional issues with other aspects of the users experience, one of which being battery life, a point he echoed once again in the recent interview. "We want to give our customers what's right in all respects – not just the size but in the resolution, in the clarity, in the contrast, in the reliability. There are many different parameters to measure a display and we care about all those, because we know that's the window to the software," said Cook.

Cook also had some choice words on Android in a statement regarding Apple's role in the smartphone business. "We have over a million apps on iOS. We have over half-million that have been optimized for iPad. That half-million compares to 1,000 for Android tablets," said Cook. He continued by saying that is "one of the reasons, although not the only reason, why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy because the app is nothing more than a stretched out smartphone app." Another negative thing about Android according to Cook is that it's not a universal experience because of the way companies like Samsung and Amazon re-skin the OS in order to customize it. He feels this essentially leaves users with a product created on a fragmented design philosophy.

Cook also talked about Lenovo scooping up Motorola briefly saying that it can be quite a task managing and developing hardware with integrated software and services. While it is hard to say for sure Google would have struggled with this, the way it handles Nest moving forward could be a pretty good indicator.

Lastly, Cook mentioned that Apple does have new products in new categories on the way as well as reassuring Mac users that Apple is still focused on OS X as much as it is iOS. Cook said Apple is moving some very talented individuals to work on future Mac projects and hopes to continue to bring on users straying from other PCs.




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Guest said:

Before I say this, I want you to know I have/use both eco systems daily and prefer the IOS variatnt more. But not, after saying that, this has got to be the most ridiculas thing I have heard for a long time:

Quote: When asked about larger iPhone screens, Cook said the company is no way against it, but "that until the technology is ready," Apple doesn't "want to cross that line."

The technology has been here now for 3+ years now. Surprisingly stupid thing to say from a leader of a company.

Guest said:

Before I say this,

Android fanboy, ..... :p

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Everybody knew Cook is talking crap because his lips were moving.

1 person liked this | aMerkuri aMerkuri said:

I have both owned iOS and Android devices (iPod Touch, iPad & ZTE Blade, Nexus 4). I can say to myself that I am more satisfied with Android as it lasts more longer. I don't mean physically, not about breaking parts. I am talking about software.

After few years of using iPad, I couldn't update my software anymore as apple dropped support for older devices and tells me to get a new one. Youtube app was broken (login doesn't work after google made some changes) and I couldn't get a new one from App Store as the app asked for software update. Also I have experienced when updating iOS to new version, It actually makes your device slower and apps start to crash more often. Where again, Apple wants from you to get a new iDevice because it's faster and is supported by latest software.

On the other hand, Android phones / tablets don't face that kind a problem. When official support drops your device, you can just switch to custom ROM and keep rolling like there is no tomorrow.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

New OS has more features and is usually slower on older hardware. I had a 3G that was crippled by iOS 4. Then I went windows phone. Now I'm loving my iPhone 5.

Bigger screens are coming. That's a smokescreen. The tech will be ready by autumn

aMerkuri aMerkuri said:

New OS has more features and is usually slower on older hardware. I had a 3G that was crippled by iOS 4. Then I went windows phone. Now I'm loving my iPhone 5.

Bigger screens are coming. That's a smokescreen. The tech will be ready by autumn

I would like to point out that eventually you will have your 2 year iDevice running much slower than it was running before. That's just how apple marketing works. They push software to higher limits, so that you could grab a newest iDevice and enjoy it again with full performance and latest support.

mosu said:

By the looks of Tim Cook, it will be no surprise when a legit clone of Steve Jobs will hit the stage, probably now it's in an accelerated growth program...

gamoniac said:

I have both owned iOS and Android devices... Youtube app was broken (login doesn't work after google made some changes) and I couldn't get a new one from App Store as the app asked for software update....

I'm not an Apple fan but I can only guess it is Google's doing. Everyone knows Google is banning and breaking the YouTube app on Windows Phone on purpose based on some bogus excuses. Google says: Do no evil, right...

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@aMerkuri

If point out that the 3G was single core as is the iPhone 4. Both those phones struggled with iOS 4 and 7 respectively. The iPhone 4S my partner has is on iOS 7 with no problems. I can't foresee the iPhone 5 I have now failing to run iOS 8 properly since the iPhone 5 and 5c have the same specs and they are still selling it. By them 2 years will have passed since I bought it, I've kept the scratches off it and I'll be able to sell it second hand as they keep a good resale value and get the newest one with the latest tech. I don't have a problem with that.

Divvet said:

New OS has more features and is usually slower on older hardware. I had a 3G that was crippled by iOS 4.

This isn't always the case.

Windows Vista was a resource *****, Windows 7 improved on that on the same hardware.

Android 1.6 - 2.1 was a resource *****. 2.2 improved that. Then look at Android 4.4 which runs better than Android 2.1 did on the same phones.

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