Tim Cook commemorates Steve Jobs's birthday on trip to Germany

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Apple's chief executive was spotted on Tuesday in Germany, where he took the time to tweet a short remembrance of late colleague Steve Jobs before visiting the offices of infamous German tabloid Bild.


Tim Cook meets with Bild editors Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt | Via Twitter.


"Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today," Cook wrote on Twitter. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do," he added, quoting one of Jobs's most famous phrases.

Jobs was born on this day in 1955, and died of complications related to pancreatic cancer in 2011. He brought Cook to Apple in 1998 and was responsible for anointing the former Compaq executive as his successor.

Cook spent a portion of the day meeting with the editors of German tabloid Bild, though the reason for the face-to-face is unknown. Bild boasts one of the largest circulations in the world, but it is not a publication one would normally associate with Apple -- the paper published nude girls on its front page for over a quarter century, and was described by its more serious rival Der Spiegel as "a daily dose of high-resolution soft porn."

The stop in Germany comes as Cook is rumored to be headed for the inauguration of a new Apple research and development center in Israel. The new facility will house nearly 1,000 workers, many of whom came on board with the acquisitions of flash memory maker Anobit and motion sensing company PrimeSense.
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  • Reply 2 of 21
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,609member

    I doubt if retail sales associates pay attention to that sort of trivia.

     

    It's unlikely that anyone at a Macy department store knows when Mr. Macy's birthday was, Disney employees remembering Walt's birthday, or a salesman at the local Ford dealership remembering Henry Ford's birthday. Heck, I doubt if most AAPL shareholders know that today's Steve's birthday.

     

    Only Apple fanbois and a few employees remember that sort of stuff. It might earn you a few hundred dollars on Jeopardy, but it's not terribly important in the big picture.

  • Reply 3 of 21
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,418member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mpantone View Post

    I doubt if retail sales associates pay attention to that sort of trivia.

    It's unlikely that anyone at a Macy department store knows when Mr. Macy's birthday was, Disney employees remembering Walt's birthday, or a salesman at the local Ford dealership remembering Henry Ford's birthday. Heck, I doubt if most AAPL shareholders know that today's Steve's birthday.

    Only Apple fanbois and a few employees remember that sort of stuff. It might earn you a few hundred dollars on Jeopardy, but it's not terribly important in the big picture.


    You're not wrong, but you are kind of cold.

    It might be on point to remember that almost none of those "employees" were alive when the icons you mention were active aside from Jobs, or even when they died (with the exception of Disney for the oldest ones).  And I think it's fair to say that we are currently embroiled most directly with Jobs' contributions and influences, the others having sort of faded into generic semi-obscurity.

  • Reply 4 of 21
    mpantone wrote: »
    I doubt if retail sales associates pay attention to that sort of trivia.

    It's unlikely that anyone at a Macy department store knows when Mr. Macy's birthday was, Disney employees remembering Walt's birthday, or a salesman at the local Ford dealership remembering Henry Ford's birthday. Heck, I doubt if most AAPL shareholders know that today's Steve's birthday.

    Only Apple fanbois and a few employees remember that sort of stuff. It might earn you a few hundred dollars on Jeopardy, but it's not terribly important in the big picture.

    The difference is most of those people died before the majority of employees at those companies were born. Jobs hasn't even been gone four years yet.
  • Reply 5 of 21

    Whatever you do, Tim, don't mention the war.

  • Reply 6 of 21
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,866member
    mpantone wrote: »
    I doubt if retail sales associates pay attention to that sort of trivia.

    It's unlikely that anyone at a Macy department store knows when Mr. Macy's birthday was, Disney employees remembering Walt's birthday, or a salesman at the local Ford dealership remembering Henry Ford's birthday. Heck, I doubt if most AAPL shareholders know that today's Steve's birthday.

    Only Apple fanbois and a few employees remember that sort of stuff. It might earn you a few hundred dollars on Jeopardy, but it's not terribly important in the big picture.

    Disney has posted blogs about Walt Disney's birthday.


    The real reason Cook is in Germany is to test the iCar on the autobahn.
  • Reply 7 of 21
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,728member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by boredumb View Post

     

    You're not wrong, but you are kind of cold.

    It might be on point to remember that almost none of those "employees" were alive when the icons you mention were active aside from Jobs, or even when they died (with the exception of Disney for the oldest ones).  And I think it's fair to say that we are currently embroiled most directly with Jobs' contributions and influences, the others having sort of faded into generic semi-obscurity.




    Really?  Right off the top of your head then... when is Einstein's Birthday??



    Einstein made way more of an impact than Steve Jobs.  Einstein's theories brought all kinds of technology into this world that without, would not have made computers - and the iPhone - possible.



    I just picked him for an example only.  There are others of course.  My point being is that as much as I hugely admired Steve Job's contributions to the modern world - and they are huge - I (and countless others "the majority") don't know, and frankly don't care enough to remember his birthday.  Nothing personal.  I doubt Steve Jobs knew Einstein's birthday off the top of his head too. :)



    I don't think it's cold.  Perhaps maybe the reality of it could be perceived as that, but it really is trivial.  For me, I remember the day he died more than when he was born.  That to me was more of an impact.

  • Reply 8 of 21
    jungmark wrote: »
    The real reason Cook is in Germany is to test the iCar on the autobahn.

    Surely you're joking, but he is actually visiting their glass manufacturer, delivering for Apple Stores and Campus 2:

    http://www.manager-magazin.de/unternehmen/industrie/a-1020081.html

    700



    edit: sorry, that's a German site. Bing translates to:

    Do, do, shut up: long time soul in the Swabian Gersthofen about his famous customers Apple could not talk the facade and glass specialist. That will change now: "You are the best in the world," Apple CEO Tim Cook called out to the workers.

    Gersthofen - to the Swabian facades and glass specialist soul there is no Wikipedia entry so far, the taxi driver has to wonder through on the way to the industrial area of Gersthofen near Augsburg. Itself in the region, hardly anyone knows that the company in the small town north of Augsburg has enabled many stunning architectural projects.

    185 meter-high twin towers of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, the National Stadium in Beijing--include for example but also the distinctive cube design of the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York.
    Long time soul about the famous customers Apple chart could show not to talk. But this is different now: after Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit in the factory Hall the soul subsidiary Sedak "Hidden Champion" will reinforce the soul, the world champion of the glass art, until then little-known in the spotlight. The store where is 5th Avenue in New York City one of the outstanding Apple of stores worldwide, said Cook. Without a soul Apple would have can not build it.

    "You are the best in the world", Cook called Sedak workers on Monday, gathered before a 14 m long and 3.20 m high glass segment. The enormous facade window is the last delivery of Swabia for the futuristic Apple campus 2, the new Apple headquarters in the Cupertino California.

    Huge glass segments for the new Apple campus

    The soul daughter Sedak, was established in 2007 for an independent production of glass, produced about 800 of these discs. Also the canopy discs come from Gersthofen. And the actual facade including the metal construction comes from Swabia. Around 50 kilometres as the crow flies from Gersthofen away sits of specialist Josef Gartner GmbH in Gundelfingen, which integrated the soul discs into the campus facade and builds a.

    Company founder Gerhard estimates soul (59) in cooperation with Apple, that found both companies despite the spatial distance and different size to a trusting partnership. Nelli Diller, CEO of soul GmbH says the architect and designer of Apple have clear vision and high standards of perfection. "We ask us each other and pushing again us, exploring the boundaries of what is feasible and to pass on the new."

    Tim Cook says in Gersthofen, his predecessor, Steve Jobs spent the last years of his life, with lots of energy to design a concept for the campus 2. "We have searched not only in the United States and around the world for someone who can put Steve's ideas and we ended up here, because nothing else really can."
  • Reply 9 of 21
    anomeanome Posts: 1,463member
    This never would have happened if Steve were still alive...
    Whatever you do, Tim, don't mention the war.
    He may have mentioned it once, but I think he got away with it.
    jungmark wrote: »
    The real reason Cook is in Germany is to test the iCar on the autobahn.
    Nah, they're taking it round the Nürburgring. Or, more accurately, they've set it off on the Nürburgring, and are waiting for it to report back with its results.
  • Reply 10 of 21
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,317member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

     



    Really?  Right off the top of your head then... when is Einstein's Birthday??



    Einstein made way more of an impact than Steve Jobs.  Einstein's theories brought all kinds of technology into this world that without, would not have made computers - and the iPhone - possible.



    I just picked him for an example only.  There are others of course.  My point being is that as much as I hugely admired Steve Job's contributions to the modern world - and they are huge - I (and countless others "the majority") don't know, and frankly don't care enough to remember his birthday.  Nothing personal.  I doubt Steve Jobs knew Einstein's birthday off the top of his head too. :)



    I don't think it's cold.  Perhaps maybe the reality of it could be perceived as that, but it really is trivial.  For me, I remember the day he died more than when he was born.  That to me was more of an impact.


     

    True. I never had any clue when SJ's bday was, even when he was alive. I don't eve know the b-days of most of my close friends. His date of death is much more meaningful. 

  • Reply 11 of 21
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,609member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

     

    True. I never had any clue when SJ's bday was, even when he was alive. I don't eve know the b-days of most of my close friends. His date of death is much more meaningful. 




    Yeah, unless I put the birthdays of my friends in their address book contact card, I have no idea. I only remember the birthdays of immediate family members.

  • Reply 12 of 21
    mpantone wrote: »
    slurpy wrote: »
     
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">True. I never had any clue when SJ's bday was, even when he was alive. I don't eve know the b-days of most of my close friends. His date of death is much more meaningful. </span>


    Yeah, unless I put the birthdays of my friends in their address book contact card, I have no idea. I only remember the birthdays of immediate family members.

    I know them all by heart, friend and family. Probably due to the accompanying dinner or drink party.
  • Reply 13 of 21
    thomprthompr Posts: 1,513member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by boredumb View Post

     

    You're not wrong, but you are kind of cold.

    It might be on point to remember that almost none of those "employees" were alive when the icons you mention were active aside from Jobs, or even when they died (with the exception of Disney for the oldest ones).  And I think it's fair to say that we are currently embroiled most directly with Jobs' contributions and influences, the others having sort of faded into generic semi-obscurity.


    I am a Mac user since about 1985 or 1986, an AAPL shareholder since 2001, a die-hard Apple fanboi whose house is crawling with Apple products, and a Steve Jobs fan.  I had no clue it was his birthday today, and I probably won't remember next year either.  

     

    No big deal.  Steve would have thought so too, I would guess.

     

    Birthdays are kind of meaningless to me, unless they are associated with a paid holiday from work.  Then I'm a big fan.  Or unless it's my wife's or kids' birthdays.  Then I had better care.  :)

     

     

    Thompson

  • Reply 14 of 21
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post



    I was in an Apple Store today and the employee didn't know it was Steve Jobs Day. Weird.



    edit: I like the Bild photo better, from Twitter:







    edit 2:



    What is that multi-touch table?











    Video here:

    https://v.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/7F3787511D1182019994528169984_3294515e58c.1.5.18423578735857771931.mp4?versionId=d3D58oh1oDQFV6dYI8FOz31wzYDfTbVh



    Does anyone remember that Microsoft demoed just such a table years ago. Never heard a word about after that. In fact, as I recall, it was called the Surface. Irony?

  • Reply 15 of 21
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    philboogie wrote: »
    Surely you're joking, but he is actually visiting their glass manufacturer, delivering for Apple Stores and Campus 2:

    http://www.manager-magazin.de/unternehmen/industrie/a-1020081.html

    700



    edit: sorry, that's a German site. Bing translates to:

    Do, do, shut up: long time soul in the Swabian Gersthofen about his famous customers Apple could not talk the facade and glass specialist. That will change now: "You are the best in the world," Apple CEO Tim Cook called out to the workers.

    Gersthofen - to the Swabian facades and glass specialist soul there is no Wikipedia entry so far, the taxi driver has to wonder through on the way to the industrial area of Gersthofen near Augsburg. Itself in the region, hardly anyone knows that the company in the small town north of Augsburg has enabled many stunning architectural projects.

    185 meter-high twin towers of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, the National Stadium in Beijing--include for example but also the distinctive cube design of the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York.
    Long time soul about the famous customers Apple chart could show not to talk. But this is different now: after Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit in the factory Hall the soul subsidiary Sedak "Hidden Champion" will reinforce the soul, the world champion of the glass art, until then little-known in the spotlight. The store where is 5th Avenue in New York City one of the outstanding Apple of stores worldwide, said Cook. Without a soul Apple would have can not build it.

    "You are the best in the world", Cook called Sedak workers on Monday, gathered before a 14 m long and 3.20 m high glass segment. The enormous facade window is the last delivery of Swabia for the futuristic Apple campus 2, the new Apple headquarters in the Cupertino California.

    Huge glass segments for the new Apple campus

    The soul daughter Sedak, was established in 2007 for an independent production of glass, produced about 800 of these discs. Also the canopy discs come from Gersthofen. And the actual facade including the metal construction comes from Swabia. Around 50 kilometres as the crow flies from Gersthofen away sits of specialist Josef Gartner GmbH in Gundelfingen, which integrated the soul discs into the campus facade and builds a.

    Company founder Gerhard estimates soul (59) in cooperation with Apple, that found both companies despite the spatial distance and different size to a trusting partnership. Nelli Diller, CEO of soul GmbH says the architect and designer of Apple have clear vision and high standards of perfection. "We ask us each other and pushing again us, exploring the boundaries of what is feasible and to pass on the new."

    Tim Cook says in Gersthofen, his predecessor, Steve Jobs spent the last years of his life, with lots of energy to design a concept for the campus 2. "We have searched not only in the United States and around the world for someone who can put Steve's ideas and we ended up here, because nothing else really can."

    Interesting, thanks.

    As an aside, it looks like they started with an invocation to Benjamin Frost.
  • Reply 16 of 21
    The Cook photoshoots remind me of the Kim Jong-Un photoshoots he does around North Korea.
  • Reply 17 of 21
    To add a bit of seriousness to this thread: Axel Springer Verlag (parent company of Bild) is Apple's largest corporate customer in Europe. It makes perfect sense that Tim Cook would pay them a visit.
  • Reply 18 of 21
    csimmons wrote: »
    To add a bit of seriousness to this thread: Axel Springer Verlag (parent company of Bild) is Apple's largest corporate customer in Europe. It makes perfect sense that Tim Cook would pay them a visit.

    Never knew that, tnx
  • Reply 19 of 21

    I surmise that Cook is bringing high-resolution soft porn to the Apple Watch.

  • Reply 20 of 21
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post



    I was in an Apple Store today and the employee didn't know it was Steve Jobs Day. Weird.



    edit: I like the Bild photo better, from Twitter:







    edit 2:



    What is that multi-touch table?











    Video here:

    https://v.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/7F3787511D1182019994528169984_3294515e58c.1.5.18423578735857771931.mp4?versionId=d3D58oh1oDQFV6dYI8FOz31wzYDfTbVh

     

    The Microsoft Surface, I believe.

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