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Live blog: Apple CEO Tim Cook in India


Apple chief Tim Cook landed in India last night on a visit to strengthen Apple’s position in India. A liveblog of the developments:

10:30 19 May – Apple has opened its new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of its Maps product, reports the Indian Express. According to the company, the facility will help create up to 4,000 jobs.

08:00 19 May – Apple and Reliance will enter a long term relationship which includes supplying over a million VoLTE iPhones that will work with Reliance Jio’s 4G network, reports Economic Times. The decision was apparently made at a meeting yesterday at Mukesh Ambani’s residence.

08:00 19 May – Tim Cook met with Cyrus Mistry, Chanda Kochchar, Sunil Sood on day one of his visit to India, according to this Economic Times report. Another report by the publication states that he also met with the founders of UrbanClap, Cynapse, Sweetcouch and Avaz.

19:55 18 May – Tim Cook visited ICICI headquarters to meet with the Bank’s management, reports NDTV. No details were available on the discussion.

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12:55 18 May – Apple has confirmed a new iOS app design and development Accelerator in Bangalore. This includes support and guidance for Swift programming language to create apps for every Apple device.

12:20 18 May – Tim Cook started his day with a visit to the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai and met Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries head Mukesh Ambani, reports the Mint.


17 May – FactorDaily published highlights of Apple’s India developments over time.

17 May – An Economic Times report said Cook will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today.

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 – Refurbished phones & physical stores: Interestingly, according to this Economic Times report, Tim Cook will push with Indian government officials for the sale of refurbished Apple phones as well as an accelerator program for Indian startups. Note that a government panel had recently recommended relaxing local sourcing norms for Apple, a decision that could help Apple to setup single-brand retail stores in India. On the flip side, a recent NDTV report also states that India had rejected a plan by Apple to import used iPhones.

Hyderabad centre: On Thursday, Cook is likely to meet with Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao as well as Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao and launch a new digital maps centre in Hyderabad, reports NDTV. The report also states that the facility will have servers in the US and all technical and support services sourced from Hyderabad. Note that in February, Apple had stated plans to set up an R&D centre in Hyderabad, which would “be home to over 150 Apple employees supporting maps development.”

Indian partnerships: On Friday, Cook is expected to meet Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal as well as conduct meetings with various industry partners, reports MoneyControl. Apple has been tying up with companies in India to better its impact in the country. Last month, it appointed Times Music as a curator on Apple Music to provide recommendations for music catalogs available on the latter.

Focus on India: Cook is also likely to meet PM Narendra Modi, although it’s not clear on which day. Note that on the recent earnings concall, Cook has said that “I view India as where China was maybe seven to ten years ago from that point of view, and I think there’s a really great opportunity there.” Apple saw a 56% growth in sales of iPhones in India last quarter.


more to come…

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