Tim Cook gets his leadership moment, but is it an Apple moment?
1. jellmoo (Posts: 1525; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Tim Cook is handling this like a boss. He's taking a stand, and firmly is on the right side of this issue.
How Apple employees feel about it is entirely irrelevant. So long as the board of directors support Tim Cook in this, Apple will stay the course.
6. TerryTerius (Posts: 1594; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
That both is and isn't true. If employees are upset enough with leadership, it begins to matter a hell of a lot what they do (or don't) think or feel. I'm not saying that is this scenario, but I disagree with appeare to be the premise of your statement. Granted, Cook is right. But I'm not convinced he'll be able to hold out.
12. jellmoo (Posts: 1525; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
A lot of that depends on who the employees are, what their function is and how integral they are to the operation. If it's everyone at Apple that's upset, then yup, that's a problem. I doubt that scenario though.
If it's key people at Apple that are upset, it could be an issue. There is a big difference between somebody that works at the Apple Store being upset and key product designers, integral VPs, or development directors being upset with Cook.
By and large though, when you're the CEO of a company making profits the way Apple is, you tend to have some leeway in the method you steer your business.
10. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
I'm not an Apple guy by any stretch, but I'll be one of the few who agrees with you 100%. As a leader, Cook needed to study the issue from all angles, get feedback from his inner circle and then make a decision.
His position needs to be unwavering and if Apple employees feel uneasy with their boss standing up to The Man, they need to go sell flowers in Central Park.
22. belovedson (Posts: 986; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
there's really a simple solution. create an app that needs special permission to be unlocked. the gov asks apple. apple says yes or no. court proceedings follow. a search warrant in this case an apple warrant is either opened or closed. with or without this cook's approval. phone is now unlocked or not unlocked.
bottom line get these bastards. its so stinking obvious, that jihad and whoever practices jihad with whatever title they want to call themselves is an actual threat to our nation. we need to consider these so called outside terrorist activities are a bigger threat to our nation than our government.
3. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)
In an ideal world apple continues losing all is bulls**t court cases (stage 1 complete) then public backlash against their undeniable support for terrorism throws the whole business into a nose dive. By then end of 2017 HTC mobile division buys apple for its remaining patents and then dissolves the company.
It's nice to dream
5. TerryTerius (Posts: 1594; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
I... Nevermind. No comment. Enjoy your weekend.
7. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You sound as stupid as TechieXP, and that's hard to do.
13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Really? No matter how stupid I may sound to you, I'm still smarter than your stupid ass.
14. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)
You definitely are. Wth does he know about tech? Nothing. I've never seen him having a discussion on any article on anything accept Apple..
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You mean except Apple, not "accept". You dumb ass.
23. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)
Stupid auto correct doesn't work all the time.
38. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12051; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Don't blame auto correct for you looking stupid.
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No you're not, you're a whiny ass, dumb ass cry baby.
24. Zylam (Posts: 667; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
Don't worry Dark, Techie has additional abilities to counter any competition for the lowest of the low, his racism card.
25. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)
Another Apple fanboy, mmm. I will remember you. You are in my dumbass list.
28. Zylam (Posts: 667; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
But SRK we were bonding here: Our love for Sony...
30. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)
Yes I do love Sony, but dislike Apple deeply.
Yes we do.
29. Zylam (Posts: 667; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
Glad we've got people like you calling those guys out, some of the stuff they say it's beyond phone and related and just insulting to humanity, I've got your back!
33. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Right on bro. All these personal attacks that have nothing to do with tech, speaks of who they really are. +1
37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12051; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Lol roasted him. Don't mind if I roast a few Marshmallows here. +1 darkk.
15. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)
Apple’s Battle Is Doomed to Fail
Tech giant can't withstand the pressure of law enforcement, judicial will and the tide of political will.
Rip Apple. We don't need greedy coward patent troll company.
31. coldspring22 (Posts: 305; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
Agreed. Apple is a giant patent trolling company. Despite it's army of lawyers ,it recently suffered a setback at hands of Samsung in losing verdict in Federal Appeals court. And it's iphone fortune is headed firmly south with Q1 iphone sales tumbling to 71.5 million and Q2 also down and this is much bigger deal than FBI controversy. Apple goes as iphone goes, as it's a one product wonder company.
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Well then, that's a helluva one product.
4. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Apple employees are just that, employees. Paid to say and do and think like and for Apple. They have personal sides that when not at Apple may simply state "no comment" or "I don't know" or even say, "I know from the media just as much about the situation as you." And call it a day.
11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1604; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
They are real life lemmings, the job application for apple is truly disgusting. But shout out to Tim Cook for looking out for the people and not crumbling to government pressure.
32. coldspring22 (Posts: 305; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
Apple workers get less benefits than fellow Silicon Valley workers - for example unlike Google and Facebook, Apple offer no free meals and no free snacks (except for free apple at caferteria!). I guess Apple would be best place to work for someone who only eat apples. LOL.
35. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Can we get a link to that, I'd like to read about it?
16. cncrim (Posts: 805; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Chance of apple winning this one is slim. I said apple will yield at the end.
36. ssanders2k7 (Posts: 37; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)
It's one thing if the government would use this for one phone, but we all know how that goes. This fear based society crap seems like a horrible way to live, fearing that the sky is going to fall on you instead of living life and enjoying it. To each is own, though. I do hope Apple can hold out though, much as I don't care for their stuff, I am glad they are taking a stand on this.
40. jadymn99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)
#### I support Tim Cook's decision 100%. But if he doesn't respond to the FBI's request, all terrorists around the world will buy iPhones !! ####