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At 60, Tim Cook doubts he’ll be at Apple for 10 more years

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Tim Cook has been with Apple Inc. for 23 years and served as its chief executive officer for nearly a decade, but he used a new podcast appearance to suggest that some kind of an eventual change may be on the horizon.

“I feel great right now. And the date’s not in sight,” the 60-year-old told the New York Times “Sway” podcast that was released Monday. “But 10 more years is a long time and probably not 10 more years.”

The interview touched on a wide range of topics including the controversial Parler social media app that was blocked by Apple earlier this year, Apple TV and autonomous vehicles. Cook, when asked about Elon Musk’s claim that he once tried to hold talks about the possibility of selling Tesla to Apple, said that he’s never spoken with Musk but that he has “great admiration and respect” for the company he built.

“I think Tesla has done an unbelievable job of not only establishing the lead, but keeping the lead for such a long period of time in the EV space,” Cook said without revealing many clues about what Apple had planned for the sector. “We’ll see what Apple does. We investigate so many things internally. Many of them never see the light of day. I’m not saying that one will not.”

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