Yesterday at Vox Media’s Code Conference Apple CEO Tim Cook, former Apple design chief Jony Ive, and Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs took to the stage to discuss politics, policy, climate crisis, Steve Jobs’s legacy, and more.
The annual invitation-only conference co-founded and hosted by journalist Kara Swisher kicked off yesterday with her signature red chair interviews. Highlights from the conversations include:
Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company’s approach to privacy:
On the biggest debate he ever had with Steve Jobs:
“Probably the way the initial iPhone was sold… I was for putting it in the subsidy model. And he was for the revenue share. And his way was more creative and more different. My way would have scaled faster. At least I felt strongly and so we were in quite a discussion about this.”
Jony Ive on the care in design
“I think it’s easier to understand carelessness which is I see it being a disregard for people, you know. Carelessness to me is just seeing people as a potential revenue stream, not the reason to work immoderately hard to really express your love and appreciation for the rest of the species.
So for us in our practice of design, I think care is very often felt, and not necessarily seen. And I think, and I know it’s something that I think the three of us feel strongly about that sort of care, that is, I mean Steve talks about the carpenter, the cabinet maker that would finish the back of the drawer, and it’s that you’re bothered beyond whether something is actually publicly seen.
“You do it not because there’s an economic interest. You do it because it’s the right moral decision and I think it’s, I think, particularly as a designer. I think it’s very often in the very small quiet things like worrying about how you package a cable.
“Yeah, I worry about that ever such a lot. And Steve wrote about that a lot as well. And I think it’s that sort of that preoccupation when you’re set there on a Sunday afternoon worrying about the power cable that’s packaged as a zigzag thing and you’re going to take that little wire tie off when you’re set there on a Sunday afternoon worrying about this isn’t really very good.
“The only reason, I think you’re very aware that the reason you are there is because I think, our species deserves better.
The 2022 Code Conference – where journalist Kara Swisher holds the power players of tech and business accountable in signature unscripted Red Chair interviews – is taking place from Tuesday, September 6th to Thursday, September 9th in Los Angeles, California. This year, Code will bring together some of the biggest names in tech and business for conversations about what’s next in tech regulation, the global economy, Web 3, the future of work, the climate crisis, and so much more.