Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing his international tour this week with a stop in Israel, The Marker reports. The publication reports that Cook arrived in Israel today and has since met with President Reuven Rivlin (seen above) at his home in Jerusalem; Cook is also expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres during the trip. Alongside Cook for the trip, notably, is Johny Srugi, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies, a graduate of Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology…
Rumors surfaced a couple weeks ago that the Apple CEO planned a visit to Israel sometime this month, in part to tour a new set of Apple offices opening in Herzliya, Israel. Based on the size of the office space, Apple is expected to staff between 600 and 1,200 employees in the new buildings.
Cook’s visit to Israel follows a stop in Germany at the beginning of the week as the Apple chief visited the newsroom of the famous German newspaper BILD with its editors-in-chief. Cook also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss privacy and security issues. Earlier in the week Cook shared a photo from the glass maker in Augsburg for Apple’s Campus 2 project.
Earlier this week, Apple announced plans for a $1.9 billion investment for two of the world’s largest clean energy data centers planned for Europe alongside Cook’s international tour.
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French site iGen is reporting that Tim Cook told an employee in the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch all the time–”even in the shower.” While Apple has previously mentioned water-resistance, and stated that the S1 innards are “completely encapsulated in resin,” this is the first time we’ve had a specific indication on what that means in practice.
Less happy news is that Apple doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to launch Apple Pay in Europe. Despite Visa stating that tokenization will be supported by April, and UK banks suggesting Apple Pay would reach the UK in the first half of the year, Cook said that the company’s goal is nothing more specific than “before the end of the year.” Apple is planning, however, to expand its mobile payments system into Canada as soon as March.
The Apple Watch of course isn’t the first shower-proof wearable …
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It seems Tim Cook had more on his schedule than a meeting with BILD during his visit to Berlin yesterday: the newspaper reports that he also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cook told BILD that they discussed security, net neutrality, environmental protection and education–but the key topic appears to have been data privacy.
Cook said that he could well understand Germany’s strong stance on data privacy, stating that Germans “have the same views on privacy as I do” …
Cook said it was the first time he had met Merkel, and that he was “impressed by her deep knowledge of many different topics.”
The Apple CEO takes a tough line on privacy, recently telling a White House security summit that “History has shown us that sacrificing our right to privacy can have dire consequences […] we risk our way of life.”
BILD also shared some additional photos of Cook, including one of him being handed a piece of the Berlin wall, and another looking out over where the wall once stood, dividing East and West Berlin. The tie was, it seems, for the meeting with Merkel–he removed it afterwards.
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As Tim Cook honors what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday, the Apple CEO has been spotted in Berlin, Germany. Specifically, Cook has made an appearance at the newsroom of BILD (Bild-Zeitung), the famous German newspaper, alongside the publication’s editors-in-chief Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt.
Notably, BILD the newspaper is a sister publication to Computer BILD the technology magazine which famously said it lost access to review units and Apple events following their coverage of the iPhone 6 and ‘#bendgate’ last fall.
It’s unclear exactly why Cook has traveled to Germany to meet with the paper’s editors today (perhaps Cook is promoting the Apple Watch to foreign media ahead of its debut or granting an interview to the publication?), but the visit follows yesterday’s trip to the glass producer in Augsburg for Apple’s Campus 2 project.
You can see more of Cook at BILD below.
(Notice the large Surface-like touch screen table computer… begging for an iPad Pro, anyone?)
Kai Diekmann (@KaiDiekmann) February 24, 2015
Julian Reichelt (@jreichelt) February 24, 2015
Hans-Jörg Vehlewald (@hansvehlewald) February 24, 2015
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Welcome to the second installment of the revamped Happy Hour podcast. Today we’re talking all about cars. Apple cars. Do they exist? Well, that’s anyone’s guess at this point, but there are a lot of details that line up for this to become a possibility. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…
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- Apple hires head of Mercedes-Benz R&D, other auto experts for new secret research lab
- WSJ: Tim Cook approved Apple electric car project a year ago, hundreds of employees working on it
- Reuters: Apple’s electric car is ‘all about autonomous driving’, Apple is in talks with automotive suppliers
- Apple’s electric car plans
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