Five Key Tim Cook Quotes From Big Tech’s Big Hearing

Tim Cook at antitrust hearing

Tim Cook received noticeably fewer questions that his fellow tech CEOs and Wednesday’s antitrust hearing. However, he was still involved in some key moments.

Apple Has ‘Opened The Gate Wider’

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Cook was keen to standby the previously used defense that Apple treats all developers the same and offers them all the same opportunity. “If Apple is a gatekeeper, what we have done is open the gate wider,” he said.

App Store Created an ‘Economic Miracle

In a similar vein, the Apple CEO told lawmakers that “It’s an economic miracle that the ‌App Store‌ allows a person in their basement to start a company and serve 170 countries in the world.” Hed continued: “I believe it’s the highest job creator in the last decade.”

Tim Cook at antitrust hearing
Apple CEO Tim Cook appearing (virtually) before the House Antitrust Subcommittee

Highlighting Education

Mr. Cook was also keen to emphasize Apple’s contribution in the education space and how that has helped during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re proud of what we’ve done in education,” he said. “We’re serving that market in a significant way. We will work with people who move from a physical to virtual world because of the pandemic.”

Responding to the ‘Hey’ App Controversy

In a slight deviation from the talking points, Mr. Cook tackled the Hey email app controversy directly. “Hey is in the ‌App Store‌ today and we’re happy that they’re there,” he said. “I believe they have a version of their product for free so they’re not paying anything on that. I would also say that the 15 or 30 percent is for lots of different services, compilers, programming languages, APIs, etc.”

Keep Kids Safe by Removing Some Parental Control Apps

Another controversy that the Apple CEO responded to surrounding the removal of parental control apps from the App Store, following Apple releasing its in-house Screen Time feature. “We were worried about the safety of kids,” Mr. Cook said, referencing Apple’s insistence that the apps in questions used Mobile Device Management and put children’s privacy in jeopardy.

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W. Abdullah Brooks, MD

@John Kheit: Apart from TC, I saw some hits, some palpable hits.    Indeed, Pichai and the Zuck left blood on the floor. Methinks I spied more than one Member chewing on said butt cheeks.   As for Bezos, he stayed on his feet despite serious body blows, so we can’t rule out internal bleeding.      Charlotte:   Great list and summary.    I managed to arrange my lunch around the hearings, so observed a good bit. I could not avoid that child’s game playing in my head, ‘One of these is not like the others’. My initial thought… Read more »

John Kheit

I have to give cook credit. He was magnificent. This is the first time I thought he was the best person for the job. Teflon. Nothing touched him. He had good cards to play but he played them perfectly. Zuck was a disaster. Zuck had ok cards but played them poorly. Google had awful cards and played them meh. Google got hit and is going to have trouble. Amazon had meh cards but bezos did pretty well. They may skate by.