Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out about whether his company would launch a cryptocurrency, and the answer is a firm no.
In an interview with Les Echos newspaper, Cook argued that private companies shouldn't be competing with states on monetary control, stating:
The comment may be a dig at Facebook, which is developing a stablecoin payments project called Libra – slated for a 2020 launch – that has been under fire from regulators worldwide over its potential risk to financial stability and national monetary policies.
Cook further stressed that the control of money should lie with elected governments, saying:
Rather than go down the crypto path, Apple has been putting its efforts into building its fiat-currency payments initiatives with both Apple Pay and Apple Card aimed to make payments work smoothly across its famous devices.
Cook's comments take a different direction from Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey, who said last month that the firm is "watching cryptocurrency," and adding: “We think it's interesting. We think it has interesting long-term potential.”
The firm has, however, been quietly working behind the scenes on blockchain projects.
In February, the Cupertino, California-based firm submitted a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that mentioned Apple’s involvement in the drafting of “Blockchain Guidelines” for the Responsible Business Alliance’s Responsible Minerals Initiative. The group seeks to use blockchain in mineral supply chain due diligence.
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