Tim Cook on Apple's 30th, New Products, and the NSA

By: Brandon Miles Email
By: Brandon Miles Email

“I've been pushing very, very hard to open the books and be totally transparent. Much of what has been said isn't true; there is no back door, the government doesn't have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that and that just will not happen.”

Cupertino, Calif. (WBKO) -- As part of Apple’s celebration of the Mac’s 30th anniversary, the company invited David Muir of ABC News to its Cupertino headquarters for a rare interview with CEO Tim Cook. The full special will premiere tonight on ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer, right before your local news on WBKO @ 6.

In the interview, Cook was joined by Apple executives Craig Federighi (in charge of Apple’s software) and Bud Tribble (a member of the original Apple Macintosh design team).

It’s already known that Cook is an early riser, but ABC says he gets up at 3:45 AM every morning. Like his predecessor, Steve Jobs, Cook is known to occasionally reply to customer emails and reads most of the 700-800 messages that arrive in his inbox every day from customers around the world.

Cook reveals his biggest concern regarding the National Security Agency’s surveillance program and the impact it may have on the future of his company.

“I've been pushing very, very hard to open the books and be totally transparent. Much of what has been said isn't true; there is no back door, the government doesn't have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that and that just will not happen.”

But when it comes to discussing future Apple products, Cook is far less interested in transparency. When asked about the rumored iWatch, Cook jokingly said Apple is making a “ring” instead (a playful jab at prior rumors).

Tune in for the full segment at 5:30 PM CST on ABC’s World News.


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