Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms sapphire glass plant, wants greater transparency on NSA involvement [video]

Last night, ABC News broadcast an exclusive interview with Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook. As you’d expect, the host attempted to get some inside information on what Apple is up to next, but – as always – it was a futile attempt. Cook, when questioned, jokingly said that the Sapphire glass was being used for a “ring”. Of course, this was a humorous jab towards Brian White’s ridiculous rumors of an Apple TV set controlled by an “iRing”. A rumor we shot down as soon as we heard it last year.

On a more serious note, he also spoke on the controversial issue of the government’s involvement in data collection, and last year’s big topic: The NSA. In the interview, he stated that he would love to tell everyone exactly what information is collected and how it is used, but he can’t. Apple apparently has a “gag order” which stops the company from revealing those facts. That said, he was also keen to point out that the NSA does not have access to its back-end servers, and will never be allowed access. Apple’s execs would have to be dragged out of their offices, kicking and screaming before that was ever allowed.

As we’d heard already, he also confirmed that Apple has now got a sapphire glass manufacturing plant in the States, but he wouldn’t say what it was for. It could be the next iPhone – as we’ve read recently – or it could be a smart watch of some kind. Who knows? We love surprises, so I’m sure whatever it is, it’ll be worth waiting for.

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  • touchedmysoul09

    I understand that sapphire glass would be less scratch resistant, but wouldn’t that make it super expensive to produce the phone/watch on a large scale?  Prices would have to increase to keep up with the new costs in production I would think…

  • RedGeminiPA

    touchedmysoul09 Economies of scale and supply chain control. Those are two aspects Apple is generally great at when it comes to reducing cost of production. There have been several cases where Apple ate some costs until production of components became everyday normal production, with tight control over the supply chain.