Tim Cook talks removing stock apps, Siri privacy and more

Tim Cook talks removing stock apps, Siri privacy and more
Apparently, Tim Cook likes to drop in on Apple Stores unannounced while traveling, and during one of those trips he gave an interview to talk about new Apple products like the iPad Pro, features like the always-listening Siri, and older user inconveniences in iOS.

One of those minor annoyances that iOS users have come to live with is the fact that preinstalled apps from Apple are unable to be removed from the homescreen. The best someone could do is create a "useless" folder to hide away the unwanted apps. But, that may change... eventually. At least, we can say that Tim Cook is thinking about the issue.

Cook said that some of those stock apps will have to be permanent because of how they are integrated into the system, but there may come a day where at least some of them will be able to be removed.


Cook fought back against privacy concerns surrounding the always-listening Siri by noting that the feature can be turned off, but didn't mention how Apple would make that option clear to users. Though, Cook also took the moment to jab at Google a bit.


He spoke briefly about how the 3D Touch feature will make it easier to navigate deeper into the system without actually entering apps. But, the most amazing moment came when Cook went deep into Apple's reality distortion field to claim that the new Live Photos feature was "a medium that hasn’t existed before." Because obviously the world had never seen video, or HTC Zoe before. 

Lastly, Cook admitted that the iPad Pro is not for everyone, although he does expect some people to use it as their primary device instead of a traditional PC. 


That last part seems to be true, as consumers have been opting for traditional laptops over tablets recently, but time will have to tell if there really is a market for the iPad Pro. 

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84 Comments

1. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Talk about no quick charging for small battery and 2013 specs !

3. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

There is quicker charging thanks to the iPad charger that kicks it up by a few minutes. Then quick charging has some negatives, which are probably holding back Apple. Then thanks to the smaller battery, it's possible it will charge even faster than already lightning fast iPhone 6 and even with a regular Apple charger. And if you didn't noticed iPhone 5S has been released in 2013 and the 6S is just far more advenced after two years of relentless innovation.

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

And what if you dont have ipad charger?

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Than you're f.cked :d I bought used iPad Air without charger, so I used Apple charger from iPhone and it took 12 hours to go from 0 to 100%, with 12W though it charges from 0 to 60% within 2 hours which I find very very good score. Don't know about new iPhones though

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I got mine Air 2 today. I will try to charge my S4 since I dont have iPhone 6. Z3 also charges slow with native charger but if use charger from M9 it will charge much faster. That excuse is so dumb.

67. sgodsell

Posts: 6904; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Tim cook talks about removing stock apps. Well I could fix that for Tim and Apple very easily. STOP MAKING AND SELLING 16 GB iOS DEVICES. There solution solved. For an additional 16 GB of storage it would cost Apple peanuts. I would like to say stupid Apple, but they are the smart ones. Its their dumb customers that are still willing to pay for only 16 GB devices.

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Jesus christ you're blind. You've definitely drank the kool aid. You sound like an apple ad. You're not very bright are you?

12. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What I said wrong ? Will the iPhone 6 charge faster with iPad super-charger ? Yes Will the smaller battery iPhone 6S charge faster ? Probably yes. Is the iPhone 5S a 2013 spec iPhone ? Yes Where is the blindness ?

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Talking to people who hate Apple and the iPhone is impossible. You have a better chance of winning the lotto before getting an unbiased and reasonable conversation from them.

82. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

or talking to you about Sony

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I think he talk about the last sentence ;) You speak like only Apple made big improvement over 2 years at least thats how its sound.

71. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

If that charger was suitable for using with the iPhone, wouldn't they supply it with that charger? That fact that they don't suggests to me that you're putting more ampage into the iPhone's battery than it's designed to take and as anyone who knows about lipo batteries will tell you, that's dangerous.

46. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont think Jesus Christ is blind.

39. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

There is no quick(er) charging not matter how you want to pretend there is and the iPhone 6 is one of the slowest charging phones on the market. On top of that forget not having quick charging. Many companies have not offered that yer but not to have wireless charging in this day and age is inexcusable however I am sure you have a good excuse why Apple has not done something so basic and an absolute must for today's smart phone.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's too bad it's the #1 selling phone every single quarter since 2007.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Great sales don't equal great product, those flaws are pretty disappointing for flagship in 2015. But I agree, that quick charge also has drawbacks, battery could get damaged because of high voltage, but I would take bigger battery over quicker charging anytime.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Let's see: A9 chip PowerVR's new GPU 3D Touch 7000 series Aluminum Faster and more secure Touch ID 23 LTE bands Yeah, definitely looks like a disappointing flagship.

13. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

720p screen Tiny battery Subpar speaker Limited OS Ridiculous price. No 32GB storage. 2GB of RAM. Yeah, nice mid ranger you got there. The only high end thing about iPhones is the SOC.

15. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Retina HD Great battery life The speaker is rather loud with some signs of bass. iOS Price at the level of other flagships 16/64/128 GB storage 2GB of the best Ram available And fastest SoC ever in a phone. If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone.

19. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

If it's not an iPhone: you got a 2K or 4K screen (720p vs 1556 or 2160) you probably have stereo speakers which are just delightful you got Android. (what phone isn't expensive now?) you start storage at 32/64, storage increase doesn't cost $100+ you get 3/4GB of RAM, some with the best possible type. If it's not an iPhone, good job. Also, the SoC in iPhones are only good in iPhones because of iOS. Put them in an Android and it would be pretty slow. Exynos and SD compare or even faster, but Android is more demanding on the chips.

40. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

While I do agree with you on most points, one argument I have is comparing the iPhone to multiple Android phones. Compare it one phone like the Note 5 or GS6 and you have a clear winner: the Note 5 or GS6.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Retina HD is a tech weenie term that Apple coined. It means nothing. If it's not a Note, it's not the best.

51. willard12 unregistered

I'm surprised he didn't go with "iSight" camera just to show how brainwashed he was. After already saying "lightning fast iPhone 6" in post 3 to describe one of the slowest charging phones on the market, it wouldn't hurt his credibility any more.

32. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lol tried to be smart there. But it didn't work and made you look like ridiculous.

38. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Retina HD = nothing special. great battery life = if you do nothing and turn off everything yeah maybe. the speaker are a joke mid ranger have as good if not better speaker ever ear of the alcatel idol 3? ios = yeah one good point but i want ios 6 not 7 and after since 7.0 its buggy as hell. Price at the level of flagships for a mid ranger. i prefere more storage option like SD. we have to see before saying best ram available as every last model used older slower ram than current gen flagship why would apple stop doing thats? Fastest soc ever again need to check the benchmark first but its useless as even low end SOC run all whitout lag now. If its not an iphone you get what you pay for.

49. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What the heck is "Retina HD", "Retina Flash", "iSight"... etc.. Those are just marketing terms, not real specifications that can be tangibly compared. Your words vs reality that you get: - Retina HD = 720p screen (albeit a good calibrated one) - Great battery life -> Not so much according to every tech review (average at best) - Speaker loud -> yes it is, but Stereo is better for content (specially movies and games) and Stereo + loud + quality is even better. - iOS -> Personal choice... I prefer Android. - Price -> Actually a lot higher than what the competition offers with the same specs/features... see prices at launch of iPhone 5s vs Z1 Compact... iPhone 6 vs Z3 Compact... iPhone 6s vs Z5 Compact... those are similar in specs and features and are all flagships... but prices differ A LOT. - 16/64/128 GB = they skipped 32GB for greedy intentions in making you get a 64 instead of 16 model. - 2GB of Ram = Finally it was well needed. Competition has 3 or 4 already. - Fastest SOC -> Yes, but difference will be negligible... in real usage.

69. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Retina hd is what the ifans call their fancy 720p to try justify paying all that cash for mediocre stata.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lmao it's so funny how this website defends 1080p screens because the ppi count is high yet the PPI count on the iPhone 6S is 326. Double standards everywhere. By the way, you get what you pay for. Name one phone that has gotten OS updates for over two years besides Samsung's flagships. Also, name a phone with built in 128GB flash memory. I'll wait. :)

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh man - you got me! Name a phone that has received that much support besides a Nexus.

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