Apple CEO Tim Cook joined CBS this morning for an interview today and touched on the events that took place at the US Capitol last Wednesday.
In particular, CBS This Morning host Gayle King also teased that more of the interview will be broadcast tomorrow, as Apple is expected to make a “big announcement” of some sort – but it is “not a product.”
Cook said he thinks it is “key” for people to be held accountable for what happened at the US Capitol last week:
“I think that is the key to holding people accountable for it. This is not something to skate. This is something we need to be very serious about and understand, and then we need to move on. ”
When specifically asked whether Trump should be held accountable for the violence, the Apple CEO stated that he believes no one is above the law:
“I think no one is above the law. That is the great thing about our country, we are a state governed by the rule of law. I believe that everyone who has taken part in it should be held accountable. I do not think we should let it go. I think it̵7;s important to hold people accountable. ”
CBS This Morning will have a full interview with Tim Cook tomorrow, King says. King did not refer to what Apple’s “big announcement” might be, but she clarified that it “is not a new product.”
The interview was already scheduled before last week’s events at the Capitol, King added, focusing initially on being on Apple’s scheduled announcement for Wednesday. One possibility for the announcement is the rollout of Apple’s planned privacy changes for iOS 14.
Apple has already said it will roll out its new app tracking feature sometime in early 2021. The app tracking feature requires apps to get permission from users before being tracked across other sites and apps. Apple had originally hoped to launch it with iOS 14 in September, but it ended up delaying the feature to give developers more time to prepare.
In addition, the announcement would come in the middle of the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
Apple has made it a habit to emphasize its focus on privacy in the same week as CES. Last year, Apple stepped back at CES for the first time in decades to participate in a privacy roundtable alongside Facebook and other companies.
Two years ago, Apple put up billboards around Las Vegas to exclaim “what happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.”
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