Tim Cook rules out an Apple mobile carrier

Seth Logan

In an interview with retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about the future of the world s most valuable company at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today.

Addressing a question about the possibility of the iPhone maker cutting out mobile carriers and launching its own telecom service, Cook responded:

Our expertise doesn t extend to the network.

We ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do.

He also shared his belief about how smartwatches will play a big role in our lives in the future to ensure good health as well as a reduced need to glance at our phones and help pay for things – everything the Apple Watch strives to do already:

We believe that health is a huge problem in the world, and we d like to contribute to that.

I m not saying one device will do all of that, but when you solve such a big problem, it takes several such contributions.

It ll be interesting to see if Apple sticks to these maxims in the coming years, or if it will choose to follow Google s lead in developing AI and big data technologies.

Seth Logan
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