Apple CEO Tim Cook Concludes His India Visit, Says ‘Can’t Wait to Return’

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After a five-day go to, Apple CEO Tim Cook left India with a word saying he could not wait to get again to the nation.

Cook’s go to coincided with the twenty fifth anniversary of the iPhone maker’s presence in India. Cook arrived in India on Monday. The go to started with the opening of the primary official Apple retailer in Mumbai on April 18, adopted by the second within the nationwide capital on April 20.

“What an unbelievable week in India! Thanks to our groups throughout the nation. I can not wait to get again,” Cook tweeted.

The corporate sells merchandise in India by unique Apple Premium Reseller (APR) shops, main retail chains comparable to Reliance Digital, Croma, and so forth., multi-brand retail shops and thru e-commerce platforms.

Apple has greater than 100 APR shops in India.

Considered one of APR’s shops was situated within the Choose CityWalk mall, which had to transfer to an adjoining mall to make approach for an Apple Retailer.

Apple began manufacturing iPhones in India in 2017 after Cook’s final go to in 2016 with the low-cost iPhone SE to meet native market demand. The corporate now exports the “Made in India” iPhone.

In accordance to estimates from trade sources, within the 2022-2023 fiscal 12 months, Apple exported iPhones price 5-5.5 billion US {dollars}.

On the final day of his go to to India, the Apple CEO met with Bharti Group founder and chairman Sunil Mittal, and each reiterated their dedication to nearer cooperation in India and Africa, Bharti Group mentioned on Friday.

“Tim Cook and Sunil Bharti Mittal had an hour-long assembly this morning. Expressing their satisfaction with the continued long-term relationship between Apple and Airtel, (they) have reaffirmed their dedication to working extra intently collectively within the Indian and African markets,” the Bharti Group mentioned in an announcement.

On the primary day, Cook visited India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani’s Antilla house for a enterprise assembly and is claimed to have met different high industrialists, together with Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran.

After opening the primary official retailer in Mumbai, Cook arrived within the nationwide capital on the second leg of his go to on Wednesday.

Forward of the opening of the Apple retailer in Saket, he visited the mesmerizing creative streets of the Lodhi artwork district.

“Delhi’s Lodi Arts District is a superb public house. Congratulations to St+artwork India Basis and lots of wonderful artists for capturing Indian life so powerfully. And thanks to Dattaraj Naik for displaying me the way you create your murals on the iPad,” 62-year-old Cook wrote on Twitter.

The partitions of the buildings lining all the sq. are lined with lovely frescoes, which the town is known for.

Throughout his journey to Delhi, Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the iPhone maker seems to make investments extra on the planet’s second-largest smartphone market.

In accordance to authorities sources, the iPhone maker is probably going to double the employment base at its contract producers in India to round 2 lakh quickly.

Looking for to replicate what China has accomplished to Apple’s enterprise over the previous 15 years, the tech big is eyeing India’s big market with a rising center class to drive gross sales development and doubtlessly make it the bottom for tens of millions of Apple gadgets.

Throughout his go to, Cook met Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnau and Minister of State for Electronics and Info Know-how Rajiv Chandrasekhar.

In accordance to sources, Cook has approached the federal government for assist to increase its element provider base in India.

It’s realized that the Apple CEO additionally mentioned a producing facility and an software design and improvement accelerator in Bengaluru with each the ministers.

Like in 2016, Cook as soon as once more discovered time to watch an IPL cricket match. He spent his night in Delhi watching an IPL cricket match with Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla and others. On his earlier go to, Cook watched an IPL cricket match with Shukla in Kanpur.

“Thanks very a lot for an unforgettable night!” Cook retweeted Ahuja’s tweet through which she shared his photograph.

On the final day of his journey, Cook visited app builders to check their know-how.

“It is nice to see so many builders throughout India dwelling their ardour and sharing their concepts with customers all over the world. It was a pleasure to meet Hitwicket, India’s hottest cricket app, Prayoga, an AR-based yoga app, and LookUp, an easy-to-use dictionary app,” Cook tweeted.

He additionally shared his expertise of “rangoli and kolam designs” comprised of flower petals, rice and coloured sand, which had been shot on an iPhone.

Xiaomi launched its flagship camera-focused smartphone, the Xiaomi 13 Extremely, whereas Apple opened its first shops in India this week. We focus on these occasions in addition to different smartphone rumors and extra on Orbital, the podcast of Devices 360. Orbital is accessible on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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