Tim Cook of Apple has doubled the comments he made at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on US Labor Policy at the White House earlier this year regarding his belief that developers do not need to progress in a long-term study course to be efficient programmers.
Apple’s CEO has been in the Florida area to visit an Apple Store in Orlando and attend a conference with one of Apple’s main corporate space partners, SAP.
Cook spoke with Liam Rosenfeld during the visit to Orlando Apple Store, one of the many scholarship winners who will attend the company’s WWDC event in California next month. Cook not only told TechCrunch what Rosenfeld got, but he also talked about the importance of learning coding skills as soon as possible:
“I don’t think a four-year degree is necessary to be proficient at coding. I think that’s an old, traditional view. What we found out is that if we can get coding in the early grades and have a progression of difficulty over the tenure of somebody’s high school years, by the time you graduate kids like Liam, as an example of this, they’re already writing apps that could be put on the App Store.”
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference & Partnership Between Apple and SAP
As part of the trip, Cook also participated in a pre-established conference with the announcement that Apple and SAP would consolidate their current partnership to try to create a new wave of applications and products that could penetrate the company with new technologies.
Cook believes that companies are reluctant to change and are not effectively using or adopting new technologies and expects the partnership between Apple and SAP to change this:
“I think what it is is they haven’t embraced mobility. They haven’t embraced machine learning. They haven’t embraced AR. All of this stuff is a bit foreign in some way. They’re still fixing employees to a desk. That’s not the modern workplace.”
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is in a few weeks and will include 350 people who have managed to get an Apple grant. We will have the first vision of iOS 13 during the weeklong conference, but it also represents an opportunity for developers to hold a session with Apple engineers.
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