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Tim Cook slams Steve Jobs depictions and defends controversial iPhone suppliers

Tim Cook has expressed his irritation with movies focusing on the life of Steve Jobs.

Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Apple CEO admitted that he hasn’t yet watched Man in the Machine or Steve Jobs, but branded the people involved in the films as “opportunistic”.

Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Jobs in Danny Boyle’s upcoming biopic has already earned rave reviews, although his character has been described as “very unlikable throughout”.

Cook clearly disagrees.

“The Steve I knew was an amazing human being,” he said. “He’s someone that you wanted to do your best work [for]. He invented things that I think other people could not. He solved problems other people could not.

“I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic, and I hate this; it’s not a great part of our world.”

After promoting the iPhone 6S and dodging a question about the much-rumoured Apple Car, Cook also touched upon the conditions at the factories of Apple’s supplier companies.

Foxconn, which is said to be manufacturing the lion’s share of iPhone 6S and iPad Pro units, has been embroiled in controversy on multiple occasions.

Several workers are reported to have committed suicide over the past few years due to the harsh working conditions imposed on them.

Cook, however, appears confident that such issues are a thing of the past.   

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“In our supply chain, we train everybody on … their rights as we see them,” said Cook.

“We have a really high bar. We bring college classes to our manufacturing plants because we want people to grow and move up their own career ladder.”

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