The Wall Street Journal has posted the full-length video of its recent interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he discusses about a wide range of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, doing a TV the right way and more. The roughly half-hour interview took place at the WSJ.D Live global technology conference in October.
The chief executive referred to the CVS and Rite Aid blockade of Apple Pay last month as a “skirmish,” promoting that the mobile payments service had received over 1 million activations at the time and had already become the number-one platform in its industry after just one week.
Cook also talked about a number of different subjects during the interview, including the upcoming Apple Watch, why the iPod classic was recently discontinued, and talks regarding a possible partnership with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.
A partnership between Apple and Alibaba could make sense given that China has become an increasingly important market for Apple under the leadership of Tim Cook, who has always had close ties with the world’s most populous country since his days as head of operations under Steve Jobs.
Cook previously noted that it is “just a matter of time” before China becomes Apple’s biggest source of revenue, a reservation that currently belongs to the United States. Look no further than the more than 20 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders and reservations that were reportedly placed in China as proof.