Apple’s Tim Cook defends Steve Jobs in light of negative film portrayals

Apple CEO Tim Cook says predecessor Steve Jobs was “an amazing human being” on Late Night with Stephen Colbert

Apple chief executive Tim Cook defended his predecessor Steve Jobs on Tuesday night in light of negative film portrayals of Jobs.

In a television interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mr Cook said he had not seen the films in question but that such portrayals of Jobswere “opportunistic”.

“The Steve I knew was an amazing human being. He’s someone that you wanted to do your best work,” Mr Cook said. “He had this uncanny ability to see around the corner and describe a future – not an evolutionary future but a revolutionary future.”

Mr Cook took over as Apple’s CEO in 2011 in the finals months of Jobs’s life, and worked under him for 13 years as a senior executive.

“He was a joy to work with and I love him dearly, I miss him every day,” Cook said in Wednesday’s interview. “I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate that, it’s not a great part of our world.”

Steve Jobs constructed an organisation that revolutionised electronics but was also by many accounts unpleasant to work for

The films alluded to during the interview were Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary released earlier this month, and an upcoming biopic directed by Danny Boyle and titled simply Steve Jobs.

Jobs is portrayed as “ruthless, canny, and tenacious” in The Man in the Machine, according to the New York Times. A trailer for Steve Jobs shows Michael Fassbender as Jobs, lashing out at his colleagues and family.

Later in the interview Mr Cook discussed his decision to come out as gay last fall, saying he felt a “tremendous responsibility to do it”.

“It became so clear to me that kids are being bullied in school, kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents and that I needed to do something,” he said.

“Where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do for other people. And so I wanted to tell everyone my truth.”

Mr Cook compared people’s reactions to his announcement to “discovering something your iPhone has always done but you didn’t quite know it.”

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