Tim Cook will field employee questions on COVID-19 during virtual meeting


Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off a face shield Apple is making for medical workers.
Town hall meeting via FaceTime.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Tim Cook will host an Apple-wide virtual meeting later this month that will give employees the opportunity to pose questions to Apple’s CEO.

Apple sent a note to employees about the meeting on April 8, a report published Thursday by Bloomberg News states. Apple asks employees to submit questions in advance by the end of Saturday. Employees are encouraged to open up about their experiences working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple hasn’t yet announced a time or date for the meeting, Bloomberg said.

The meeting will bring together Apple employees at a time when the majority are working from home. This has caused a great deal of disruption — not least due to Apple’s customary high levels of secrecy. For the first time ever, Apple engineers have reportedly been working on new software and hardware from home. Apple has also had to take steps to orchestrate the manufacture of new iPhones in China via FaceTime video calls.

Throughout the process, Apple has been working hard to support employees. According to a note from Apple’s SVP of Retail and People Deirdre O’Brien, it is “working on options to make sure parents have the support and the flexibility to adjust their schedules” as required. This is due to the fact that many employees are currently having to home-school their kids.