All Things D Stories May 28, 2013

Tim Cook teases Jony Ive’s overhaul of iOS 7

At this year’s All Things D conference, (catch our liveblog here), Tim Cook spoke briefly about the future of iOS in regards to Jony Ive replacing Scott Forstall:

Kara: What’s new in iOS?

Tim: Surprise is fun.

Kara: Is the iOS update dramatic?

Tim: Jony Ive is working on it.

In April, we reported that Jony Ive would be painting a fresh, yet still familiar look for iOS 7. Just last week, we gave more details about the changes in store for iOS, with Jony Ive unifying the applications to be “black, white and flat all over.

When asked about the executive shakeup at Apple last fall, Tim gave a very closed response:

Kara: Asking about Scott leaving & collaboration. Scott was powerful and significant. What happened?

Tim: I won’t talk about anyone specifically. I think it has been an incredibly great change. Craig [Federighi] is running iOS and OS X. Eddy [Cue] focused on services. These changes have been great. Really, really great.

Tim Cook says Apple has a “grand vision” for the Apple TV

At the All Things D11 conference, happening right now (check out our liveblog for more coverage), Tim Cook revealed that Apple has a “grand vision” in terms of the Apple TV:

This business has found many, many more customers that love the Apple TV experience. Great for customers and very good for an Apple learning point of view. Lots of us would agree that the TV space could be improved.

I don’t want to go into more detail on this. There is a “very grand” vision for TV. I have nothing to announce, but it is an area of incredible interest.

The Apple TV, which has long been a “hobby” of Apple’s, had been brought under the spotlight in the last few years, under rumors that Apple may be developing a full television set.

 I don’t want to go into technical details. TV remains an area of great interest to us. The work we’ve done on current Apple TV provides more knowledge than what we would have without that product. The popularity of the Apple TV has been greater than expected. It is encouraging. The TV experience is not an experience that many people love. It’s not an experience that you would say has been brought to date for this decade. It is like the experience from 10, 20 years and go.

Cook, as usual, has been very reserved about his comments toward unannounced products. He did, however, announce that the company has sold 13 million Apple TVs to date and 6.5 million in the last year alone.

We are here on the scene at Tim Cook’s interview at AllThingsD‘s D11 Conference in Palas Verdes, California. The proceedings will begin at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern, and we’ll be noting both Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher’s questions and Tim Cook’s answers in this post.

At last year’s D10 conference, Cook gave insight into improved relations with Facebook (which forecasted iOS 6 integration), hints at the demise of Ping, insight into his first few months as taking over the reigns from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and more.

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This year’s interview will follow Apple’s improved transparency with manufacturing partners, several major product launches, the Apple Maps debacle, the departing of two top Apple executives, and comes amidst a time in which Apple’s competition is heating up and new Apple product categories are rumored to be brewing.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see both AllThingsD‘s questions and Cook’s responses. Find our complete live blog below:

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All Things D Stories May 29, 2012

Reminder: Tim Cook appearing as opening speaker at D10 conference tonight

Tonight, at 6 p.m. PST, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear as the opening-night speaker at the 10th D: All Things D conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Previous D: conferences were notably home to lengthy discussions between hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Tonight is Cook’s first appearance at the conference, and it is his first talk at a non-Apple event since taking over as chief.

Cook’s appearance is not going to live-stream, but we will update you as the hour-long interview takes place and with videos afterwards. Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller is also expected to attend.

All Things D Stories April 10, 2012

AllThingsD just announced Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook would appear as the opening-night speaker at this year’s D10 conference. The 10th D: All Things Digital conference will be Cook’s first time speaking at the event, and AllThingsD noted this is his first-ever appearance onstage at a non-Apple event since becoming CEO last year. Past D conferences were notably a stage for many in-depth discussions and interviews with Steve Jobs. Jobs last appeared at the event at D8 in 2010.

Walt Mossberg and I could not be more thrilled to announce that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will be the opening-night speaker at our 10th D: All Things Digital conference.

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