5 Things We Learned From Tim Cook
Talking at the AllThingsD conference, Cook didn't announce the iPhone 5 or the Apple television (though he strongly hinted at it).
However, he did mention a few new things, including where he sees the company going, the more about his relationship with Steve Jobs, and the future of manufacturing in the United States.
Here are five things we learned from Tim Cook last night at the conference.
Manufacturing in the United States
Speaking about Apple's manufacturing with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Cook noted that most of Apple's manufacturing is outside the United States, and doesn't own its own factories for one very good reason and has not for a while. Manufacturing is a process that someone else can do better. "I think that's still true," Cook said.
There's been a lot of talk about Apple's manufacturing operations and labor issues. Cook noted that Apple is "micromanaging" the issue, with 95% compliance on its 700,000 Chinese workers.
Despite this, Cook wants there to be manufacturing in the U.S., noting that the "engines" for the iPhone and iPad are made in Austin, Texas, and the glass is made in Kentucky. Corning(GLW) is one of Apple's largest suppliers.
Even though Apple's products are not finally assembled in the United States, Cook said that he hoped that could be done someday.