Apple CEO, Tim Cook landed in India for the first time after taking up the job as CEO at the tech giant Apple in 2011. He is expected to meet India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who is trying his best to improvise India’s manufacturing set up and extend the country’s ties to Silicon Valley.
Tim Cook’s flight landed late night in India on 17th May and checked into the Taj hotel in Mumbai. He began his India trip today by visiting the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai. According to the schedule, he is likely to visit Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi this week. Along with that, his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Cyrus Mistry- Tata Group Chairman and others are reportedly being set on the queue. In Mumbai, Tim Cook was seen having a conversation with Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani who is a Chief strategy officer at Reliance Industries’ telecom venture. Up next Cook would meet Sunil Sood, CEO of Vodafone and several other executives from India to discuss about the expansion of Apple and iOS in the Indian market. Cook has also scheduled to meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss about the manufacturing setup in Maharashtra.
“India is incredibly exciting. The population of India is incredibly young. Almost half the people in India are below 25. And so I see the demographics there also being incredibly great for a consumer brand and for people that really want the best products” Cook had said earlier this year.
His visit to India states that Apple is seriously considering the huge potential of the Indian markets. Upon his arrival, Tim Cook announced that Apple has plans to open an iOS app development center in Bangalore. “India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”
The stagnation of sale in the mature markets like China has made Apple concern about the company’s future. Now Apple has started to focus on Indian market.
Tim Cook is expected to have a very busy schedule during this trip. Starting his trip on a high note, he met with some influential key members in Mumbai. And now his next stop is Hyderabad, where he plans to visit the location for the Apple’s new development center in the state. And for your information, this would be the first development center outside the US. The executives are also likely to meet the Telangana IT minister K. Rama Rao and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to hold up a discussion. Apple has plans in motion to launch an accelerator program for the startups.
Amid these plans, the trip is also directed towards, Gurugram to visit company’s corporate center in One Horizon Center– then a tour to iWorld Store in Ambience mall and iZen Apple reseller store in Green Park–then a meeting with Chairman Sunil Mittal, Bharti Airtel’s etc etc.
Reports mention that Tim Cook thinks that smartphone market development is quite slow in India due slow 4G network. He said that “the country is almost 7 years behind china in the evolution of the smartphone market”.
Cook’s arrival in India awaits with many fortunes to come in way….!!!!!