“When Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the concern was that no one would be able to succeed him,” Rahil Bhagat reports for CNET. “Five years later, Jobs’s successor Tim Cook has very much kept the ship afloat, helping the company to double its revenue from $108 billion in 2011 to $231 billion in 2015.”

“Among those impressed with Cook is Steve Wozniak, Apple’s famous co-founder,” Bhagat reports. “‘I am very happy with the way Apple is going,’ he said at a media roundtable Wednesday in Singapore as part of Paypal FinTech Xchange 2016. ‘When Steve Jobs died there was a tendency for a lot of people to say, ‘Oh no, Apple has lost a key force and will be in decline and won’t be innovative.’ I said wait for a couple of years, don’t be judgmental,’ Wozniak said.”

“A big positive for the Woz was how Cook and Apple as a whole handled the recent case of the FBI wanting access to an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino shooting case. ‘I very much admire Tim Cook for standing up for the privacy of individuals because my whole life, Apple has meant to me a question of who is more important, the human or the technology,’ he said,” Bhagat reports. “Wozniak acknowledged the perception that Apple is not innovating as much. However, as far as he’s concerned, the smartphone wars are very much a marathon rather than a sprint… As for the future of Apple, he would only say that ‘Apple is always working on projects in secret, so I am sure there is quite a bit going on.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last October:

Too many people do not realize how lucky we are that Tim Cook is CEO of Apple Inc. No matter what else Cook does, as long as he holds his ground on this issue [strong encryption], he’s one of the greatest CEOs in history. We need and are lucky to have a man with a strong backbone to stand up to this constant pressure from misguided government spies who’re hell bent on running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution and U.S. citizens’ rights.