Tim Cook, Jeff Williams make TIME's list of 20 influential tech leaders

TIME Magazine has has named Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams as two of its 20 Most Influential People in Tech Right Now. Cook, coming in at number four was praised for Apple's, and thus his, role in influencing not only technology, but the wider culture.

From TIME:

As CEO of Apple, one of the world's most valuable brands, Tim Cook has nearly unmatched influence over the technology world. Anything Apple does is bound to be copied by a seemingly endless number of rivals, meaning his choices will reverberate far beyond One Infinite Loop. Today, Apple is rumored to be experimenting with everything from advanced artificial intelligence to augmented reality and self-driving vehicles. Given Apple's role as tastemaker extraordinaire, how Cook decides to move forward with any one of these projects will shape the future of the consumer technology landscape.

Meanwhile, Williams made the list for his role in managing Apple's supply chain, as well as his stewardship of the Apple Watch inside the company:

CEO Tim Cook may be the public face and chief decision maker at Apple, but Jeff Williams is second in command. An Apple veteran who's been with the company for nearly 20 years, Williams is often referred to as "Tim Cook's Tim Cook." He was named chief operating officer in late 2015, a post previously held by Cook, and has been overseeing Apple's entire supply chain since 2010, no small task given the complexity of the company's hardware operations. Williams also oversaw development of the Apple Watch, the company's first new product category during the Cook era and a sign he's closely involved with new projects.

Others on the list include Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, though the top spot is taken by Elon Musk.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.