Take a virtual tour of (half of) Tim Cook’s office

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Tim Cook's office has more Easter eggs than a Marvel movie.
Photo: ABC News/"World News Tonight with David Muir"

We don’t know if Apple head Tim Cook’s office got a good going-over before ABC News stopped by last night, but we like to think that it’s always that tidy.

The CEO appeared on World News Tonight to discuss privacy and the company’s ongoing conflict with the FBI, but it was significant for another reason. And both Cook and anchor David Muir couldn’t help but point it out.

“Thanks for having us in your office,” Muir said. “I don’t think we’ve ever done an interview in your office before.”

“I’m not sure I’ve ever done an interview in the office,” Cook replied.

So what does the head of Apple keep handy when he’s hard at work? A lot of cool stuff, actually.

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We’re not even sure where to begin.
Photo: ABC News/”World News Tonight with David Muir”

The wider shot above gives us a pretty good view of the corner that houses Cook’s Apple Store-style desk. He has the regular desk stuff on there — pens, papers, a giant iMac and what appears to be a 12-inch MacBook hanging out in the corner.

We aren’t ruling out the possibility that someone from the corporate office maybe suggested Cook keep the laptop open and showing the homescreen so we could see it throughout the interview. As far as we can tell, the thing makes it through the entire half-hour interview without going to sleep or starting a screensaver. So that was either some sly product placement, or Cook really likes that default desktop.

If we want to get really granular here, we can also point out that the Apple CEO appears to keep a Klean Kanteen water bottle behind his main computer. Maybe he walks around there to get a drink when his Apple Watch reminds him to stand up.

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That MacBook really is obvious, isn’t it.
Photo: ABC News/”World News Tonight with David Muir”

On the wall behind Cook — and above his conspicuous MacBook — you can see some cool pictures of various Apple Store locations. We can’t see them well enough to tell exactly which stores they are, and the glass staircases and walls aren’t helping us narrow it down much. They look really cool, though.

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You’ll forgive us for not being able to see that well from here. Our eyes have already started crossing.
Photo: ABC News/”World News Tonight with David Muir”

The last thing we wanted to point out in this shot is the framed artwork behind Muir. It looks like a sample from Apple’s “Think Different” campaign, which launched almost 20 years ago, but we don’t recognize the photo, and it kind of appears that the text might say “Work Different.” But we had to stop looking after a while because that is how migraines happen.

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Moving on to even more fuzzy stuff …
Photo: ABC News/”World News Tonight with David Muir”

Moving on to the area behind Cook in the photo above, we have some more personal belongings. You can see a poster from U2 lead singer Bono’s AIDS charity Product (RED), probably in honor of Cook’s $50 million donation a few years ago. It’s sitting right next to that just really obvious MacBook.

Next to that is where Cook keeps the Ripple of Hope award he brought home from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights last December (they gave it to him; don’t worry).

Up above, you can see the Winter 2011 issue of Auburn Magazine, the official publication of Cook’s alma mater. And he probably especially likes that copy because it has an article about his promotion to Apple CEO in it.

We can’t quite place the fighter jet or what appears to be a vinyl record with an orange label that show up elsewhere on the desk, but if you have any insight into what those are, be sure to let us know in the comments. This will have to do until we get our own tour of Tim Cook’s office, but we aren’t holding out much hope here because even David Muir was shocked to be in there.

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  • sahil

    is it only me or is there a half eaten apple symbol in the first picture of this article … on the imac

    • Ryan Lee

      just the reflection

    • User

      Thats what it looked like to me too before I clicked to open the article. Than it changed… Weird

  • https://twitter.com/marcintosh marcintosh

    I never put cords thru the hole in the iMac stand. It was wrong when people did it that way on the first iMac, I guess it just stuck with me.

    • Nancy Christine

      how so? its what its design is for. keep the cable clutter out of sight and not hang

      • https://twitter.com/marcintosh marcintosh

        Well, with the original iMac that was not it’s purpose. The door covering the ports had notches in the lower corners for the cables. The large circle was just the handle to open the door, but since it was highlighted in green most people used that for the cables (and then complained about what a hassle it was). That’s why they got rid of the door all together on the next model. With the current iMac, it’s wrong (IMO) because it adds an extra, unnecessary step to plugging and unplugging cables. When you have your iMac against a wall it’s easier to just reach under the screen to plug something in.

      • https://twitter.com/marcintosh marcintosh

        Well, with the original iMac that was not it’s purpose. The door covering the ports had notches in the lower corners for the cables. The large circle was just the handle to open the door, but since it was highlighted in green most people used that for the cables (and then complained about what a hassle it was). That’s why they got rid of the door all together on the next model.
        With the current iMac, it doesn’t make sense because it adds an extra, unnecessary step to plugging and unplugging cables. When you have your iMac against a wall it’s easier to just reach under the screen to plug something in.

  • Barnett

    Looks like the Niels Diffrient freedom chair. I have a love/hate relationship with mine.

  • T_Will

    The Apple Store with the arches looks like the London store.

    Also, is it just me, or is the blue butterfly one of the butterflies on the Apple Watch face?

    • Eurocratique

      Yea, it’s Covent Garden. The roof and arches are unmistakable.

      • sjinsjca

        Gorgeous store. Worth a visit.

      • Eurocratique

        Agreed. I think it’s my favourite. Then again, the main one in Paris is quite nice.

  • EDubs

    The kleen Kanteen bottle was the 2014 Earth Day gift for all Apple employees.

  • jona

    The aircraft is a Boeing F-18 Hornet, but hard to see exactly which model, with it being either the more recently produced -E/F Super Hornet model or the earlier (and much less capable) -C/D Hornet model.
    What link Cook may have to fast jet naval aviation is uncertain.

  • Jurassic

    David Muir was very annoying, asking the same questions over, and over, and over again, as if he was expecting a different answer fro Tim Cook each time.

    He didn’t seem to really listen to or comprehend what Cook was saying, but he just ignored Cook’s responses while pre-reading his next (similarly repetitive) question.

  • http://www.cultofmac.com Leander Kahney

    I think the picture behind Muir is Robert Kennedy. It looks like an adult kneeling to talk to a kid, and the hair looks like Kennedy’s. Cook has said he has pictures of Kennedy and MLK in his office.

    • http://www.cultofmac.com Leander Kahney

      The photo is Robert Kennedy. It’s a version of this picture below, taken at a different angle.

      It’s when Kennedy toured Appalachia just before announcing his bid for the presidency — and his assination. The tour shone a light on shocking poverty in America.

  • http://www.cultofmac.com Leander Kahney

    Yeah, it is Robert Kennedy. It’s a version of this photo, taken at a different angle. Kennedy toured Appalachia just before announcing his bid for the presidency — and his assination. The tour shone a light on shocking poverty in America.

  • El Fez

    I feel much better about myself now that I know I have twice as many iMacs on my desk than Tim Cook does. Although his likely didn’t spend 2 weeks at an Apple Store having the Fusion Drive replaced. :D

  • wilberforce55

    i have been waiting for a new Thunderbolt display for four years. If the Apple CEO doesn’t have one what chance do I?

  • neutrino23

    Does he ever use the landline phone? No executive toys like a floating magnet or those little steel balls that bounce back and forth? No B&O stereo?

  • chrlfx

    I enjoyed the article but found the comments even more interesting. Well done posters!

  • Eurocratique

    My guess is that he never uses that Macbook, carefully stage position and battery power settings changed. He has already said he basically lives off his iPad when mobile and with the Pro he reaffirmed as much. I like the fact that he seems to have what I have – iMac, ipad, phone and watch. :D

  • Mark Izen

    Looks like that top shelf contains a Tibetan singing bowl. I wonder if he uses it for meditation, or if it’s just another gift/trinket.

  • Derek Arridge

    The fighter jet is an FA-18. Don’t know it’s significance though!