If you haven’t yet seen it, worth taking the time to watch the entire thing. The extended version (all 30 minutes) is embedded below.
You can also see the interview on the new Apple TV. Go to the App Store and tap on the interview. You’ll be prompted to download the ABC World News app. It’s free and the interview is featured prominently in the app.
One response that is becoming a big talking point:
David Muir: In your quiet moments, do you have any concern that you might be able to prevent a terrorist attack by breaking into that phone?
Tim Cook: David, some things are hard, and some things are right. And some things are both. This is one of those things.
David Muir: And in this case, you believe there are some things that should never be created?
Tim Cook: Correct. Think about this: It is, in our view, the software equivalent of cancer. Is this something that should be created?
And, later in the interview:
Tim Cook: We believe that is a very dangerous operating system.
Then, referring to an OS that let you use a computer to automate the process of trying passwords to get into your phone:
Tim Cook: If one of the bad guys knew that that existed, think about the target that is. Everybody would want that operating system. It has the potential to get into any iPhone. This is not something that should be created.
David Muir: Are you prepared to take this all the way to the Supreme Court?
Tim Cook: We would be prepared to take this issue all the way, yes. Because I think it’s that important for America.
This interview is a great insight into Tim and Apple’s thinking here, a chance to truly understand the stakes.