Tim Cook won’t comment on Apple Car, talks suspending Parler from App Store

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Tim Cook talked with Fox News over the weekend.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to take the bait about Apple Car during a Sunday interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News. After Cook commented that Apple continues “making the best products in the world,” Wallace asked if that would include an Apple Car.

Cook responded by laughing, and said he “can’t comment on rumors and so forth.” Wallace then pushed back, saying that Cook could comment, he was just choosing not to. “You’re right,” Cook said, ending the exchange. “I choose not to. Touché.”

Rumors about a possible Apple Car began in 2014, and gained steam in the past few weeks. Apple AI boss John Giannandrea recently took control of the project, and Hyundai said last week that it has been in talks with Apple over the secret project. According to rumors, an Apple Car could enter production in 2024.

Parler, and Apple’s social initiatives

Cook touched on a number of other issues during the Fox News chat, including Apple’s recent investment in its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. Cook talked about how the program is designed to “give people the opportunity” in a world where, for many, there is an “absence of opportunity.”

He also discussed the decision to suspend social media app Parler from the App Store. Cook said, with the right moderation, Parler could rejoin the App Store.

“We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there,” Cook said. “We don’t consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection.”

Tim Cook on taking over as Apple CEO

Finally, Cook talked about taking over Apple following the death of Steve Jobs a decade ago. Cook said when he became Apple CEO, “My focus then was on mourning [Steve] … and leading the company through a very, very hard period of time. And so I wasn’t really thinking about how daunting it was.”

Since then, he said he is “proudest that we have kept [Steve’s] DNA as the core of the company. And that the company has stayed focused on innovation and making really great products that empower people and enrich their lives.”

Source: Fox News