Tim Cook's Silly Story About Finding an iPhone in a 1670 Painting Has a Disappointing Ending

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Tim Cook, famous for locking horns with the FBI, being a terrifying presence in the boardroom and insisting the Apple Watch is actually quite good, had a rare moment of silliness this week, pretending that he found an old Rembrandt painting with an iPhone on it at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and I got all excited about everything the tale would hold.

As European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes -- also not to be messed with -- who was with him at the time, told The Next Web, “At one point Tim rushes over and tells me ‘Come take a look, I found a painting with an iPhone on it!’ So he takes my arm and shows me a Rembrandt with a person seemingly holding an iPhone…” Go on, did you snap it?

Kroes then proceeded to show off a really blurry photo of the painting (taken with an iPhone, naturally), which Cook, who’s not the greatest photographer himself, admitted was a bit shit, and making the audience lose interest. “I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I’m not so sure anymore,” he added, hoping for the LOLs to roll in.

A bit of quick research showed that the painting in question doesn't have any sort of mystery behind it. It is in fact a Pieter de Hooch, titled ‘Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall of a House’. A letter, Tim. It says so in the title. [The Next Web]