Apple CEO Tim Cook Wants You to Put Your iPhone Away

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at the TIME 100 Summit in New York City.
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at the TIME 100 Summit in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Tim Cook thinks you should get off your phone and stop ignoring your family at dinner. Or maybe go outside once in a while.

At this week’s TIME 100 Summit, the CEO of Apple discussed the way technology has affected society, and among his comments was an emphasis on the fact that mobile devices are not meant to dictate our day to day.

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“If you’re looking at a phone more than someone’s eyes, you’re doing the wrong thing,” Cook told former TIME editor in chief Nancy Gibbs during his interview.

“Apple never wanted to maximize user time. We’ve never been about that. We’re not motivated to do that from a business point of view, and we’re certainly not motivated from a values point of view,” Cook explained.

This insistence by Cook, who took the helm of Apple after Steve Jobs’ resignation in 2011, comes on the heels of the tech giant’s shift away from hardware. Apple’s new strategy of moving to a subscription-heavy business model arose in the wake of slowing iPhone sales, forcing the company to think outside the realm of its best selling product.

Last month, Apple announced its upcoming plans to enter the subscription streaming competition, going up against existing players like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video. The anticipated keynote featured Hollywood heavyweights Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg and Oprah, who have joined in on Apple’s big subscription bet.

The company announced several new sign-up ready products during its March keynote, including TV+, Apple News+ and a Goldman Sachs-powered rewards credit card. The company’s subscription news service is already seemingly off to a rocky start, while its premium TV subscription service isn’t due to launch until later this year—likely around the same time as the new iPhone release is due.  

Cook claims that Apple doesn’t have an economic motivation behind customers’ mobile device addiction. However, by the looks of the slew of services the company is about to release, encouraging customers to wane off their iPhones won’t hurt their bottom line. Apple CEO Tim Cook Wants You to Put Your iPhone Away