– Xochielt Sanchez
Answer by Marc Bodnick:
For sure. Many top executives at Apple (and certainly Tim Cook) would have been using the iPhone 6 as it went through various build versions during the development process.
You shouldn't think of this as "was he fortunate enough to have early access to the finished product?" and more as "he was using various versions of the product as it went through development."
To be clear, I'm not 100.00% sure of this. He's probably not as crazy hands-on product-obsessed as Steve Jobs was. But given the importance of the product to Apple, and how product-oriented Apple is, I'd be shocked if my answer wasn't correct.
My expertise on this: I've seen stuff like this up-close as an investor.