Tim Cook: We have 'no religious issue' with making Android apps

Apple has famously never made any of its iOS apps for other platforms, while all of the competition make apps for iOS. Google have their Search app - which includes Google Now - while Microsoft have OneNote, with rumors swirling that Redmond could be thinking about the whole Office for iOS suite.

Speaking at the D11 conference hosted by AllThingsD, Tim Cook claimed that Apple has "no religious issue" with bringing iOS apps to Android, but it doesn't make sense to do it presently. "[Y]ou will see us open up more in the future," Cook claimed, "But not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience." This ideology harks back to the Steve Jobs era when Apple wanted to own the "whole widget" not just parts of it. 

When asked definitively if Apple will open up more, Cook replied with one word: "Yes." Despite this statement, tensions between Google and Apple have not subsided and Apple is still engaged in a lawsuit with Samsung. 

You can watch the rest of Tim Cook's interview below: 

Via: AllThingsD | Image via AllThingsD

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19 Comments

Easy to say, whether it happens or not is a different story.
Not really having used iOS all that much, what Apple apps would Android users want on their phones?

virtorio said,
Easy to say, whether it happens or not is a different story.
Not really having used iOS all that much, what Apple apps would Android users want on their phones?
iMessage, maybe? Or just the whole Messaging app? That'd put iMessage into competition with BBM and others.

C#Rocks said,
what apps ? Am I missing something ?

iMessage, Facetime, FInd my Friends.... would be somewhat logical to pick. At least more likely than it would be to port apps like iMove,Garageband,iPhoto,Pages or Numbers. But I doubt either will ever happen.

Edited by Deactivated., May 29 2013, 11:56am :

CSharp. said,

iMessage, Facetime, FInd my Friends.... would be somewhat logical to pick. At least more likely than it would be to port apps like iMove,Garageband,iPhoto,Pages or Numbers. But I doubt either will ever happen.
Why would I need Facetime? Yahoo Messenger can use the camera on all Android phones for video calls. Skype supports this too and both are free and support calls over WiFI not forcing using 3G/4G.

All the other apps you mentioned? Garageband? Really? We already have an office suite for Android. Polaris works great as a MS alternative.Everything else we already have or have better.

Apple doesn't have any apps that I would want to see on Android. QuickTime sucks on OS X worse than it does on Windows and that is saying alot. Apple sucks at making apps and they would want to change for them too. That's a no-no on Android...lol. We dont need piracy on Android.

Religion isn't the problem, stupidity is. We don't need Apple apps on Android.

I feel it necessary to ask the same question that others have already asked. What first party apps from apps would be worthy of porting to another platform?

Afaik, there are no killer apps from Apple that haven't been done better, elsewhere.

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