Apple CEO Tim Cook recently met with several US Congressional leaders at Congress in Washington, in a bid to strengthen the relationship and improve communication between both parties.
The ‘low-key’ visit was described by aides as an introductory meeting with no mention of Apple’s recent ebook price fixing investigation led by the US Department of Justice:
“It was an act of opening up a line of communication, but it was a first step in what hopefully will be a growing relationship. They didn’t become best buds in one meeting,” aides revealed to CNN Money.
The trip is well-noted by the industry, given that Steve Jobs did not have an open relationship with the US Government, preferring to avoid policy ad law issues altogether.
Tim Cook is said to be looking to change the nature of Apple’s relationship with the government, enabling more communication and support in the future.
Cook’s next public appearance will be in California tomorrow night (2pm AEST) at the Wall Street Journal’s D10 conference, where he will be interviewed by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Steve Jobs attended the annual event back in 2008.
We’ll have coverage on the interview, reporting on the details of what Cook discusses at the event. Reports suggest the nature of the talk will focus on the future of Apple and resolving the company’s supplier factory issues in China.