After presenting the world the new iPhones and Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with television talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose to discuss about Apple’s vision, his appointment as CEO, among several other things. Tim Cook talked about the call he got from late Steve Jobs asking him to take the baton from him. Also Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline outAlso Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report
It was August of 2011, Jobs was struggling with his health. He called Cook asking him to come over. Tim says that he knew it was of utter importance, but he didn’t know what exactly Jobs had in mind. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 7 first look: Classy with lots of health features
“And he told me – Cook said, ‘I’ve been thinking a lot. Apple has never had a professional transition at CEO. I’m determined that we will have one now. I want you to be the CEO.’ and honestly I didn’t see it coming.”
Cook says that they had talked about him being the next CEO several times, but he always thought of it as Jobs’ long term plan. Cook also pointed out that Jobs knew that he wasn’t like him. “So he obviously thought through it deeply about who he wanted to lead Apple.” Cook said that he always wanted to continue Jobs’ legacy.
On August 24, 2011, Cook was named CEO of Apple, as Jobs stepped down to become a board member.