After a five-day lengthy go to, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner left India with a notice that he cannot wait to return to the nation.
The go to of Cook dinner coincided with 25 years of the iPhone maker’s presence in India. Cook dinner arrived in India on Monday. The go to began with the launch of the primary official Apple retailer in Mumbai on April 18 adopted by a second within the nationwide capital on April 20.
“What an incredible week in India! Thanks to our teams across the country. I can’t wait to return,” Cook dinner tweeted.
The corporate has been promoting merchandise in India by way of unique Apple Premium Reseller (APR) shops, massive format retail chains like Reliance Digital, Croma and many others, multi-brand retail shops and thru e-commerce platforms.
Apple has over 100 APR shops in India.
One of many APR shops was situated within the Choose CityWalk Mall which needed to shift to a close-by mall to pave the best way for the Apple Retailer.
Apple began making iPhones in India in 2017 after Cook dinner’s final go to in 2016 with low-cost iPhone SE to go well with the necessities of the native market. The corporate now exports “Made in India” iPhones.
Business sources estimate that Apple exported iPhones within the vary of USD 5-5.5 billion within the just-ended monetary 12 months 2022-23.
On his final day of the go to to India, Apple CEO met Bharti Group founder and chairman Sunil Mittal and each of them reaffirmed their dedication to work extra carefully in India and Africa, Bharti Group stated on Friday.
“Tim Cook and Sunil Bharti Mittal had an hour-long meeting this morning. While expressing their satisfaction on the ongoing long relationship that Apple and Airtel have had, (they) reaffirmed their commitment to work more closely in the Indian and African market,” Bharti Group stated in a press release.
On Day 1, Cook dinner visited the richest Indian Mukesh Ambani’s home Antilla for a enterprise assembly and is alleged to have met different prime industrialists, together with Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran.
After opening the primary official retailer in Mumbai, Cook dinner arrived within the nationwide capital on the second leg of the go to on Wednesday.
Forward of the opening of the Apple retailer at Saket, he visited the mesmerising inventive lanes of Lodhi Artwork District.
“Delhi’s Lodhi Art District is a remarkable public space. Congratulations to the St+art India Foundation and so many amazing artists for capturing Indian life so powerfully. And thank you to Dattaraj Naik for showing me how you design your murals on iPad,” 62-year-old Cook dinner tweeted.
The partitions of buildings lined up in your entire space don stunning murals that town is legendary for.
Throughout his Delhi journey, Cook dinner met Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the iPhone producer is trying to make investments extra on the earth’s second-largest smartphone market.
In line with authorities sources, the iPhone maker is prone to double the employment base at its contract producers in India to round 2 lakh quickly.
Seeking to replicate what China did to Apple’s enterprise within the final 15 years, the tech large is eyeing India’s huge market with an increasing center class to energy gross sales development, and probably make it a house base for the manufacturing of tens of millions of Apple units.
Cook dinner throughout his go to met Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
As per the sources, Cook dinner has sought authorities assist to widen its parts provider base in India.
Apple CEO is learnt to have additionally mentioned manufacturing services and app design and improvement accelerator in Bengaluru with each ministers.
Like in 2016, Cook dinner once more took out time to look at an IPL cricket match. He spent his night in Delhi watching an IPL cricket match with Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla and others. Cook dinner had watched an IPL cricket match with Shukla in Kanpur throughout his earlier go to.
“Thank you so much for an unforgettable evening!” Cook dinner retweeted Ahuja’s tweet by which she shared his photograph.
On the final day of his journey, Cook dinner visited some app builders to expertise their expertise.
“It’s great to see so many developers across India pursuing their passion and sharing their ideas with users around the world. I had the pleasure of meeting Hitwicket, India’s top-rated cricket app, Prayoga, an AR-based yoga app, and LookUp, an easy-to-use dictionary app,” Cook dinner tweeted.
He additionally shared his expertise of “rangoli and kolam designs” fabricated from flower petals, rice, and colored sand that had been captured on the iPhone.