In Pics: Apple CEO Tim Cook's journey around Singapore

Apple's Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has been excitedly sharing snippets of his visit to the sunny island of Singapore on Twitter. 

Arriving in Singapore from Japan, where he visited the tech giant’s Ginza store, Cook first posted on Wednesday morning a photo of him hanging out with Singaporean photographers Darren Soh and Aik Beng Chia at the Tiong Bahru Market. 

On the hawker centre table were local delicacies such as chwee kueh, sugar cane juice and homemade barley. The two photographers shared with Cook their love for the Tiong Bahru precinct's heritage and the country's amazing food, the Apple CEO said in his post.  

(from left) Apple CEO Tim Cook having a traditional Singaporean breakfast at the Tiong Bahru Market, accompanied by Singaporean photographers Darren Soh and Aik Beng Chia. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
(from left) Apple CEO Tim Cook having a traditional Singaporean breakfast at the Tiong Bahru Market, accompanied by Singaporean photographers Darren Soh and Aik Beng Chia. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

The visit is timely, and we couldn't help but speculate if he would be making a special appearance at the Obamas' events over the weekend. 

Later that afternoon, Cook attended creative technology studio MeshMinds' Today At Apple session, and interacted with kids who got hands-on in saving the world's oceans. 

Children at MeshMinds' Today At Apple Session, harnessing the power of ARkit to keep the oceans clean. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Children at MeshMinds' Today At Apple Session, harnessing the power of ARkit to keep the oceans clean. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

Cook also met students from Apple's Swift Accelerator Programme in Singapore. 

Tim Cook with students from the Swift Accelerator Programme, who are learning coding at Tinker Academy. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Tim Cook with students from the Swift Accelerator Programme, who are learning coding at Tinker Academy. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

Info-communications Media Development Authority​'s (IMDA) content creation space PIXEL Studio also hosted Cook, who met the teams behind The Gentlebros, BattleBrew Productions and Tendays Studio. The three Apple Arcade launch titles were created at PIXEL itself. 

Cook met the teams behind Apple Arcade launch titles The Gentlebros, BattleBrew Productions and Tendays Studio.  Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Cook met the teams behind Apple Arcade launch titles The Gentlebros, BattleBrew Productions and Tendays Studio. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

Singaporean swimmer and Paralympic medalist Theresa Goh shared with Cook how she used the Apple Watch for her training. "When you bring everything you are to everything you do, it’s amazing what’s possible," he wrote in a Twitter post.

Cook with Singapore paralympian Theresa Goh. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Cook with Singapore paralympian Theresa Goh. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

Cook then visited local music production house Zendyll Productions, founded by Jon Chua. He got a preview of local musician Sezairi's new track and loved it! 

Cook with local musician Sezairi and founder of Zendyll Productions Jon Chua. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Cook with local musician Sezairi and founder of Zendyll Productions Jon Chua. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

The Apple CEO also spent some time with the company's employees in Singapore. "40 years, 3200 people and countless great ideas. From Engineering and Operations to Retail and AppleCare — our growing teams in Singapore power so much of what we do all around the world," he wrote. 

Cook with Apple's Singapore employees. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Cook with Apple's Singapore employees. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

Cook also got the chance to do something that is probably on many people's bucket list – visiting the cockpit of a Singapore Airlines' plane! SIA CEO Goh Phoon Chong and Captain Raj showed him how the iPad is being used by the airline's pilots to help them focus on safety. 

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Phoon Chong and Captain Raj show Cook how the SIA cockpit gets transformed with the iPad. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter
Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Phoon Chong and Captain Raj show Cook how the SIA cockpit gets transformed with the iPad. Photo courtesy: Tim Cook, Twitter

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also posted on his Facebook page a meeting with the Apple CEO, writing, "Had a good time catching up with Apple CEO Tim Cook today. It’s been almost 4 years since we met, so we had a lively exchange on how the tech scene has changed since."

He highlighted the long ties of the tech giant with Singapore, "right from the early days of the company".

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong posted two photos of himself with Apple CEO Tim Cook, taken almost four years apart. (left) At Apple HQ, February 2016. Photo courtesy: MCI, Kenji Soon; in Singapore, December 2019. Photo courtesy: MCI, Lee Jia Wen
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong posted two photos of himself with Apple CEO Tim Cook, taken almost four years apart. (left) At Apple HQ, February 2016. Photo courtesy: MCI, Kenji Soon; in Singapore, December 2019. Photo courtesy: MCI, Lee Jia Wen
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