Watch the full Tim Cook ABC interview on 30 years of Mac, NSA surveillance (Video)

Yesterday we posted some excerpts from an ABC interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives that officially aired on the network last night. In the interview, Cook is joined by Apple’s Apple Senior VP Craig Federighi and Apple software VP Bud Tribble to talk about the 30th anniversary of Mac, the new made-in-America Mac Pro, iWatch (iRing?), secrecy at Apple and the recent NSA surveillance controversies.

Cook on NSA surveillance programs:

Number one, we need to be significantly more transparent. We need to say what data is being given, how many people it affects, how many accounts are affected, we need to be clear. And we have a gag order on us right now so we can’t say those things… .Much of what has been said isn’t true. There is no backdoor. The government doesn’t have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that, and that just will not happen. We feel that strongly about it.

Cook didn’t say much that we didn’t already see in the excerpts, but you can check out the full uncut interview from ABC above.

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  1. Don Hudson - 9 years ago

    This interview wasn’t long enough. This deserved its own ABC special.

  2. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    “There is no backdoor. The government doesn’t have access to our servers.”

    I’m sure that will serve as sufficient proof for most people, even though it is not proof at all.

  3. I did not expected a “Full Interview” to be 2 second snippets of what has been said. I would like it a lot better if he went to All Things D again and we have the usual 1 hour long conversation.

    • lukaskollmer - 9 years ago

      I think so too.
      I hope that tell go to Re/Code and give then an interview. (All Things D changed into Re/Code)

    • PMZanetti - 9 years ago

      You didn’t? This is ABC news. Their entire catalog of manufactured information is nothing but a long series of 2 second snippets. Far be it from them to legitimately JOURNALIZE. No, their job to is to create theatre that (stupid) people interpret as “news”.

  4. These 4 minuts has to be the excerpts – you don’t set down and interview the CEO + 2 others for 4 minuts.. and it’s cut like shit.. PLEASE change that faulty headline!!!

  5. Ur Sobusted (@USobusted) - 9 years ago

    While I’m no grammarian/spelling expert, I’m pretty sure that Tim Cook’s NSA quotes (even with his southern accent) should be transcribed using the word “affect”, rather than “effect.” So, I believe he actually said “… how many people it affects, how many people are affected…”

  6. sardonick - 9 years ago

    Well, I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m satisfied and will sleep better now that Tim said “uh uh,” to the NSA. /major sarcasm

  7. sardonick - 9 years ago

    Where’s the rest of the “full…interview”? (rhetorical)

  8. Samuel Darwin - 9 years ago

    Is the 4 minutes video the full interview? I was thinking more of a 30 minutes to 1 hour. Can you please let me know if this 4 minute is all that was aired in ABC television network?


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