Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett says he lacks the iPhone skills of a two-year-old despite a personal tutorial from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is the largest stakeholder in Apple. After first investing in Apple in 2016, Berkshire Hathaway’s position in Apple was worth $73.7 billion as of Q4 2019, which is more than double the cost of the investment.
“I went out to California, and Tim Cook very patiently spent hours trying to move me up to the level of the average two-year-old,” Buffett told Yahoo Finance’s editor-in-chief Andy Serwer in an exclusive interview on March 10 in Omaha, Nebraska. “And didn’t quite make it.”
But Buffett doesn’t hold it against Cook or his top-selling smartphone. “We had a lot of fun. He is a terrific guy,” Buffett said. “Unbelievable product.”
Buffett said he never uses apps, and even sometimes struggles to make phone calls on the device. “Yesterday, I was someplace,” he said. “Somehow I was having a little trouble just getting into — but this is only me, any two-year-old could do this — but I was having a little trouble getting to the part where I actually phone somebody.”
Buffett did not bring his iPhone to the interview with Serwer. “I would be afraid it would ring, and I wouldn’t know what to do with it,” Buffett says.
MacDailyNews Take: You know, we have grandparents who come from a mechanical age, like Buffett, and they are much more accustomed to operating physical buttons, switches, and levers to get things done. To them, the Multi-Touch display – the whole “slab of glass” thing – seems to be just foreign enough to erect a mental block. Buffet, of course, doesn’t need to know how to “work” an iPhone. He’ll be just fine.
On the other hand, we also have grandparents who’ve adapted from a mechanical to a digital age very, very nicely. It’s just a weird thing; some get it and some never do. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks except when you can; it depends on the dog.
As most of us know all too well, it can also be a bit frustrating when trying to teach someone who just doesn’t get it, especially for hours, so we commiserate with Tim!