Tim Cook gives interview to Washington Post to commemorate his fifth year as Apple CEO

Tim Cook gives interview to Washington Post to commemorate his fifth year as Apple CEO

During the course of a recent interview with the Washington Post, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some details about the bigwig tech firm and about himself.

The interview – which finally shaped up like a goodwill piece – was given by Cook to the Washington Post in commemoration of his fifth year as the Apple CEO. Cook took over the reins of Apple from the company’s legendary and visionary co-founder Steve Jobs, nearly six weeks before Jobs’ demise in October 2011.

In the interview, Cook justified the stance that he took in the San Bernardino iPhone case, in which Apple refused to unlock the handset to help law enforcement in its investigation. Asserting that the iPhone unlocking technique could have been exploited, making it difficult for Apple to tackle a potential backlash, Cook said that “the risk of what happens if it got out, we felt, could be incredibly terrible for public safety."

Cook also said that Apple’s acquisitions were not based on ‘revenue’ considerations, but on gaining access to talent or intellectual property. He further added that Apple acquired Beats Electronics for $3 billion because of its streaming platform, not for the healthy stream of profits generated by the company.

With regard to Apple’s decision to direct two thirds of its 2014 profits to Ireland, Cook – denying that Apple received a preferential treatment in Ireland – said that where you "create value is the place where you are taxed."

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