Update: More stops on his French tour below…
Cook tweeted a photo of himself at the company, thanking the small team of 42 employees for helping to make the iPhone possible …
Thanks to my friends at Eldim, a team of talented engineers and craftspeople helping make iPhone possible. Bravo pour votre travail! [Congratulations on your work]
VentureBeat explained the importance of the company’s work to the iPhone X.
Eldim, based near the Normandy town of Caen, has been making various types of display technology for more than 30 years. More recently, this has evolved into making components that allow for “optical analysis of angular characteristics.” Apparently, a version of this technology is one of the critical components being used in the new Face ID system for the iPhone X.
Eldim has reportedly been working with Apple for almost ten years, the company’s CEO enthusing about the partnership.
Eldim CEO Thierry Leroux told reporters that working with Apple was “an incredible adventure,” but added that there have also been huge technical challenges over the years. “For us, it was a little like sending someone to the moon,” Leroux told reporters. Cook responded, “It’s great what you have done for us.”
Cook’s meeting with Macron is expected to focus on taxation, Apple seeking tax reform to enable it to repatriate cash from overseas countries while the French president is one of several EU leaders seeking to make it harder for tech giants to avoid paying tax in Europe. Should be an interesting discussion …
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