Apple COO Jeff Williams talks about COVID19, US economy, and Apple’s future in a rare interview

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Apple’s COO Jeff Williams gave a rare interview to Fox Business to talk about a wide range of topics, even the iPhone 12. During the interview, he says he remains optimistic about Apple’s future and the US economy saying he thinks it’ll recover after COVID19.

“I am optimistic. As you look around, you see the resilience of the people working through this challenging time. And when I take a look inside of Apple, I couldn’t be more encouraged.”

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He followed saying he isn’t sure what the future will look like, but that’ll it be bright:

“It’s hard to make a prediction on exactly when and how it will roll out. But I feel great about the long haul.”

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Williams also touched briefly talked about the new iPhone SE, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the 2020 iPad Pro saying despite the hard times, Apple was still able to launch the new devices.

“During [the] last quarter, we —even though these are challenging times —we launched three new products. And I feel great about the economy in the long haul. And it’s just a matter of getting from here to there.”

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When asked about Apple’s supply chain and the actual work the company is doing, he shares a sentiment of gratitude to Apple employees and touches base about Apple’s suppliers who have been impacted recently,

“You know, our supply chains are running largely at capacity and people are continuing to work. I couldn’t be prouder of the Apple team and how resourceful they’ve been. You’ll see us opening retail stores in the coming weeks and like I said, we’re bullish in the long haul.”

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He was also asked about the reports of the iPhone 12 being delayed. In typical Apple fashion, he didn’t confirm or even mention the product but does say they are still working, possibly hinting the product is still on track.

“We just put our head down and don’t pay a lot of attention to the latest sort of speculation about our products. We put our head down and get our work done. I couldn’t be prouder of the team finding new ways to get their job done. We’re not typically a work-at-home kind of culture at Apple, it’s not part of our playbook. And people have been really resourceful and we’re moving the ball forward. We are getting stuff done.”

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In the last two comments he made, he was asked about Apple’s overly reliance on Chinese suppliers for their products. He says Apple has suppliers around the world and expects it to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

“Our products are global products and so… they aren’t built in one location. There’s a real misconception about that. And our products are built around the world, with a ton of that right here in the United States. I see we’ll have a global supply chain for quite some time and that’s going to allow us to make the very best products for our customers,” 

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Watch the full interview here.

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