Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, alongside a chat with Union Minister of State for Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar as the iPhone manufacturer seeks to invest more in the world’s second-largest smartphone market.
What Happened? Cook is set to unveil Apple’s second retail store in Delhi on Thursday, as the company aims to replicate the success it had in China over the past 15 years.
“We share your vision of the positive impact technology can make on India's future — from education and developers to manufacturing and the environment, we're committed to growing and investing across the country," Cook tweeted with a picture of him shaking hands with Modi.
Cook, whose company achieved a new record of nearly $6 billion (₹49,304.03 crore) in sales for the year ended March 31, met with the Prime Minister to discuss the positive impact of technology on India’s future.
The Apple chief also caught up with Rajeev Chandrasekhar to talk about “broadening manufacturing, exports, skilling of youth, expanding the app innovation economy and job creation,” per a tweet by the Minister of State.
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Cook surprised Railways, Communications, and Electronics & Information Technology Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw with a chat, while his meeting with the Prime Minister and Chandrasekhar was reported to be pre-planned.
The tech giant is targeting India’s expanding middle class as a potential home base for the production of millions of Apple devices.
Apple has long wanted physical retail stores in India, and despite the pandemic delaying its plans for 2021, it launched its online store in India in 2020.
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