Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has been trying to fill Steve Jobs' big shoes for quite some time, and it hasn't been easy. Despite the company's relentless battle against Samsung and tax-avoidance scandal, Cook, speaking at the tech conference D: All Things Digital in California, reassured the world that Apple's still got it.

In the company's most recent quarter, Cook said 85 million iPhones and 42 million iPads were sold, and 59 percent of all web traffic is generated by iOS devices. In addition, Apple has made nine acquisitions this year to prepare for the future product releases, of which Cook believes would transform the industry just as immensely as iTunes and the iPhone have.

"The same culture and largely the same people that brought you the iPhone and the iPad are still here," Cook said.

Regarding the latest gadget fad, Google Glass, Cook said it's "tough to see" if it appeals to the public, though he agrees that wearable computers are indeed innovative.

When asked about dodging taxes, Cook said Apple paid $6 billion annually in U.S. taxes, adding that the company simply did all multinational companies would do.

[via NYTimes]

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