Tim Cook Chats With Students After Receiving Honorary Degree From University of Glasgow

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple CEO Tim Cook received an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland today as planned. Cook then sat down for a Q&A session with the audience of students, reflecting on topics ranging from his personal beliefs and influences to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent immigration ban.


    One student asked if he could work at Apple as a tongue-in-cheek question, and Cook noted the company is hiring worldwide and pointed him towards its jobs website. Cook later said "coding should be required in schools," as "kids will never know any other environment other than the digital one."

    Cook, responding to a question about Apple's future activism plans, said he does not view Apple or himself as an "activist." Instead, he said Apple simply stands up for things it is deeply knowledgeable or has a strong point of view about.

    Cook reiterated that he does not support Trump's recent immigration ban, echoing a memo he sent to employees a few weeks ago. Apple was one of several tech companies that sent a letter to Trump opposing the executive order, noting "we are a nation made stronger by immigrants."

    Apple was also one of nearly 100 companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Snap, Uber, Twitter, and Intel, to jointly file a legal brief backing the original lawsuit brought by Washington state's attorney general that brought a temporary halt to the immigration ban on Friday.

    Cook finished by noting that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had the biggest influence on his own life by far.
    Cook said Jobs had a clear order in his life that was necessary in order to remain focused: family, Apple, Pixar, and very little else.

    Cook remained in Bute Hall following the chat to take photos with students. Earlier in the day, he was spotted at a local Apple Store.

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  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    I'm surprised nobody considered asking about MacBook ports.
  3. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    I was at the event and there wasn't really any questions about products. Apple Pencil was briefly mentioned and a student waved theirs in the air but it was more questions about values, leadership and academia.
  4. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Difficult for an American to get a job when they hire from outside the US so often.
  5. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    Advice to live by Tim...
  6. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I am hoping that in visiting Glasgow, the historical legacy of the Mackintoshes and their name will sub-consciously spur Cook into action...
  7. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
  8. atomic.flip macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2008
    Orange County, CA
    If it were Steve Jobs this would be an interesting story. No offense to Mr. Cook but everything great about Apple's culture and products he basically inherited from Jobs. We all know innovation has been stagnant since his death and it seems the company culture has also changed enough to cause significant churn in executive levels. This is not to say Apple isn't doing well for its shareholders. But it just doesn't have the character it did under Jobs.
  9. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
  10. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    He is so out of touch and clueless about IT.

    Coding should not be required at school . And I have a development background. Yes we live in a digital age, we don't need to code it ourselves .
  11. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    That's a blinkered approach…

    We learn a plethora of subjects in school in order to prepare us for the world beyond. Many of these subjects won't be pursued directly, but what we learn from them combines to make for well-rounded knowledge.

    Learning coding allows pupils to have an understanding of the digital world they inhabit, instead of being ignorant to how it works. The same principle as learning about language or science.
  12. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    What did they award him with? A Masters of Deception? :D
  13. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014

    For instance, under Tim, Apple launched a charitable matching program and a global volunteer program, and they've started doing annual diversity reports.

    These sorts of things wouldn't have been a priority for Steve, thus clearly having an impact on Apple's corporate culture. And I'm pretty sure that impact is "great".

    We do?

    Cause I'm not even sure what the hell that means. What kind of innovation happened between the launch of the iPod and iPhone (a little over five years) that hasn't happened between Steve's death and now (again, a little over five years)? The iPod photo? The iPod Hi-Fi? Or maybe iPod socks?
  14. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I've worked in software development for over 15 years, knowing coding has no impact of your understanding of the digital world. Programming is not the digital world. The digital world = end user,
    Which is good design, hence why apple products became successful.

    It's like saying I need to understand computer architecture to get the most out of the digital world....no.

    Tim Cook wants more and more minions to make money from him , just happens that he can take 30% from and developers in a nice AppStore he has.....
  15. tshrimp macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2012
    Just wondering why people get honorary degrees in the first place. Has there ever been instances where someone has refused one? If I didn't go to school at a place, and they offered this to me, I can't imagine I would take it.
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    Macyourdayy macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2011
    I'll definitely reach enlightenment by perusing your posts no doubt.
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    "Progressive - A person who believes in an individual's views, rights, and opinions.....as long as it is the same as theirs"

    So you must be a progressive then?
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    Say what?

    Apple wouldn't be as successful as it is now without Jobs's ability to attract brilliant people like Cook, etc. Cook may or may not have Jobs finely tuned ability to see what tech stuff is useful, helpful or enjoyable, and how to make it work for everyone but he's certainly no less a genius than he was before, and apparently somewhat more empathetic than Jobs, who seemed to focus his brainpower on stuff he did best. Like making dings in the universe.
  17. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    The school gets a big name to give a talk and the person who gets the honorary degree gets their ego stroked
  18. Max Portakabin Suspended

    Sep 25, 2014
    Wish I'd known. I'd have recommended a trip through the East End of Glasgow whilst wearing a Rangers shirt.
  19. miniyou64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2008
    Sorry, as an Apple fan, I'm looking for great products that just work. I couldn't care less about diversity reports. They can have the most diverse company in the world, but if they're building garbage, what good does that do anyone?
  20. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
    I'm surprised a student hadn't quipped that Cook had immense courage to stand up against DJT. Though, I suppose it would have flown over his head.
  21. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    I don't remember Cook sent a letter to Obama when Iraqis banned for 6 months in 2011. As if Apple is already ran out of workers in the next 120 days. Besides most of the foreign workers they hire are from India anyways. :rolleyes:
  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Oh good lord it was a freaking joke. Take a chill pill and relax.
  23. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    is this the Irish payback to Cook for setting up those shells in Ireland so Apple pays less taxes? We know that this executives all live in the United States and get great protections but avoid paying taxes.
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    Cook is massively rich and does not need courage to say things that Drumpf does not like. Cook and his fellow executives have parked most of their wealth overseas and are well protected from anything Drumpf can do.
  24. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
  25. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    Damn students why didn't they ask him something interesting.

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