‘I Don’t Like That:’ Apple CEO Tim Cook Throws Shade At Amazon’s HQ2 ‘Beauty Contest’

March 29, 2018, 11:06 AM UTC

Apple CEO Tim Cook is throwing some serious shade.

While discussing Apple’s plans to build a new campus at an event in Chicago on Wednesday, Cook took a dig at another tech giant that is also working on a second headquarters.

Speaking to Recode’s Kara Swisher, Cook said, “we’re not doing the beauty contest thing. That’s not Apple,” suggesting Apple’s approach would differ from that of Amazon. Amazon in January announced a list of 20 finalist cities for its new headquarters.

The new campus, the location of which has not yet been revealed, will primarily host technical support staff. Unlike Amazon, Apple’s announcement of the new space in January did not come with a large unveiling and request for proposals.

According to a CNBC report, Cook said, “We didn’t want to create this contest. You wind up putting people through a ton of work to select one, that is a case where you have a winner and a lot of losers. I don’t like that.”

Cook also shared some strong words about Facebook during the interview, criticizing the social media company’s approach to privacy, and saying that he “wouldn’t be in this situation” if he were at the helm.

Cook’s full interview will air this Friday evening on MSNBC.

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