What you need to know
- Tim Cook and the executive team held a company-wide meeting today.
- They discussed the impact of COVID-19 and the company's plans moving forward.
- Cook remains optimistic about Apple's future despite the short term impact.
Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook and the executive team of the company hosted a virtual company-wide meeting where they discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the company's plan moving forward.
As reported by Bloomberg, Cook remained optimistic about the future of the company, saying that some of Apple's greatest moments came after times of extreme hardship.
Apple is planning on potentially reopening some of its stores in the United States as soon as May. Deirdre O'Brien, the company's Vice President of Retail and People, said that employees in certain situations would have flexibility in returning to work.
While the company does not know for sure when employees will be returning to work, Cook said that temperature checks, social distancing, and other measures may be put into place to ensure employee and customer safety.
Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said that Apple's work on health products is more important than ever and that the company's development in the area is focused on more than just the Apple Watch.
Tim Cook says that the company will continue to focus on the long term and that if they stay true to who they are, they should be nothing but optimistic towards the future.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.