After announcing new iPhones and iPads plus an updated Apple TV in San Francisco last week, Tim Cook is taking a slightÂ victory lap in New York City with a media blitz that leads to an interview with Stephen Colbert tonight on CBS’s The Late Show. BeforeÂ a surprise visit yesterday at NYC’s iconic Fifth Ave store with Eddy Cue, the Apple CEO gave a quickÂ interview with Buzzfeed. In it he toldÂ John Paczkowski that his Apple Store visit really is a surprise to everyone.
âI almost always go in unannounced,â he says. âItâs rare that I tell anyone that Iâm going. But I do try to go to stores every time Iâm traveling to a new city. Itâs important.â
Cook also discussedÂ the privacy implications of an always-listening Siri, what he likes best about the iPhone 6s, and even the possibility of being able to delete system apps in the future…
On the subject of privacy and activating the voice assistant with the “Hey Siri” command, Cook highlighted the opt-in nature of the feature and emphasized that information stays on the device and is encrypted.
“Apple doesnât have access to it. So thereâs not privacy concerns I think, for most people, when the information is held on their device and they can encrypt it with their passcode.â
Starting with the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which customers can pre-order now and pick up or have delivered on September 25th, the “Hey Siri” command becomes an always-on feature rather than requiring the device to be connected to power to work. As the device listens for the specific command, though, it remains an opt-in feature than can be turned off in Settings.
Cook also defended the iPhone 6s, which looks nearly the same but offers a stronger casing, improved camera, and 3D Touch display, as not being just an incremental upgrade.
âThis is clearly not an off year issue, he argues, âthis is a substantial change.â
Cook also talked up the new iPhone’s Live Photos feature, which creates a mix of a photo and video with sound and camera quality, as being something brand new, althoughÂ HTC and Samsung have shipped versions of the feature already.
âI think Live Photos is a medium that hasnât existed before. Itâs like discovering a new form.â
Calling 3D Touch, one of the standoutÂ features of the new iPhones, a game changer, Cook said it boosts productivity in apps like Mail:
âI find that my efficiency is way up with 3D touch, because I can go through so many emails so quickly. It really does cut out a number of navigational steps to get where youâre going.â
Cook also described Apple’s new upgrade program as an answer to people who want to easily upgrade to new iPhones each year.
âThe upgrade plan is really just about recognizing that the process of buying an iPhone could be simpler and that thereâs a group of people that would like to upgrade every year,â he says. âThis makes that easier, and I think people will appreciate that.â
On the subject of the iPad Pro, Cook describes Apple’sÂ tablet as already fulfilling the needs of some computer users. This is especially interesting as the iPad was first introduced as a device between an iPhone and a Mac.
âI think that some people will never buy a computer,â Cook says. âBecause I think now weâre at the point where the iPad does what some people want to do with their PCs.â
Cook goes on to explain that the MacÂ is still a long term product even with the iPad Pro attempting to duplicate capabilities, adding that some people will still continue to buy computers.
âI see the Mac being a key part of Apple for the long term and I see growth in the Mac for the long term.â
Perhaps most interesting is an answer to a question not exactly about Apple’s new products but one that users have been asking for years. When will Apple let you delete those pre-installed system apps that Apple keeps adding?
“This is a more complex issue than it first appears,â he says. âThere are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that arenât like that.
Cook goes on to admit that not every pre-installed app is totally necessary (Podcasts, iBooks, Find My Friends, and Find My iPhone only recently moved from the App Store to being bundled in) so Apple is considering making non-essential apps optional.
So over time, I think with the ones that arenât like that, weâll figure out a way [for you to remove them]. âŠ Itâs not that we want to suck up your real estate, weâre not motivated to do that. We want you to be happy. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and itâs something weâre looking at.â
You can check out the full interview at BuzzfeedÂ and tune in tonight at 11:35 PM ET to catch Cook’s appearance on The Late Show.
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