Tim Cook Denies Apple is Looking to Re-Enter the Social Networking Business

By Tom Pritchard on at

A few days ago we heard news that Apple was planning on purchasing the social network Path, presumably to try its hand at the world of social networking again. In an unprecedented move, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has come out and denied the rumours. Sort of.

For those of you who follow the rumours surrounding Apple's acquisitions, you'll know that this almost never happens. In fact Apple usually prefers to feed us the same scripted response of "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans". Instead Tim Cook came out and said that the company "has no plans to be in the social networking area".

It's worth pointing out that this isn't an outright denial of purchasing Path. It could be that Apple just wants to get its hands on Path's staff, but if the company has no plans to enter the business of social networking (again) if would seem a little pointless to buy out an established network with 25 million users.

Or maybe Tim Cook is just lying to us to throw people off the scent. I can see that happening. [CNET]