Apple CEO One On One

Tim Cook on what every American should know about this country's surveillance program.
3:00 | 01/24/14

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Jeff, thank you. Now an ABC news exclusive tonight. One-on-one with apple CEO Tim cook. I asked him what's coming next and this evening, a major victory for made in America and what Tim cook wants every American to know about this country's controversial surveillance program. It got our attention. You get invited to apple headquarters where Steve jobs' own words still loom large. So, he is the most powerful Mac you have now. It is. Reporter: That's not what got our attention. Listen to this it's made in America? It's made in America. Reporter: He announced in a tweet just a few weeks ago, we have begun manufacturer pack churching the Mac pro in Austin, Texas. We announced a huge investment in Arizona. Is it the sapphire glass? When does that glass come off the line? I can't tell you that. You heard it here first. That same secrecy still alive 30 years later, after all of America, on a super bowl Sunday was alerted that something was coming. On January 4th. Reporter: Then-steve jobs and his trademark unveiling. I want to show you Macintosh in person. Secrecy is part of the culture of apple? It is. We believe fundamentally that people love surprises. There's black drapes and numerous locked doors and many other things. Reporter: Employees can't tell their families at home what they're working on. That's true. Reporter: Even his team can't tell their families. For the viewers, who are saying, David, you got to find out what their next thing is? Your banal probably wouldn't work in those rooms. The country's controversial and sweeping surveillance program. What is your biggest concern with the surveillance program here in this country? From my point of view, number one, we need to be significantly more transparent. We need to say, what data is being given, how many people it affects, how many accounts are affected. We need to be clear. And we have a gag order on us right now, so we can't say those things. Reporter: Sitting across from the president, Tim cook pushing for more transparency. Much of what has been said isn't true. This is no back door. The government doesn't have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that and that will not happen. We feel that strongly about it. Do you think Americans, Tim, would be more at ease if you could tell them more. I do. Reporter: Are you going to press congress for more transparency. Yes, absolutely. Reporter: In the meantime, he's pressing his team for the next big thing. One of the original members of that Mac team. You played the piano, you were going to the medical school and you helped invent the Mac. Welcome to apple. Steve jobs said to you, I never want you to ask what I would have done, just do what is right. It relieved, I believe, a huge burden that would have existed how had he not said it. I think it was incredible for him to do that. One-on-one with a very candid Tim cook.

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