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Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Maiden India Visit

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Apple CEO Tim Cook started his very first India visit on a holy note with a pre-dawn visit to the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai.

At the temple, Cook, who was accompanies by Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, also had a chance to chat with Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.

While in Mumbai, Cook met Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry and top executives of Vodafone and Tata Consultancy Services.

After the temple visit Tim Cook attended a Bollywood party hosted by Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday (May 18) night.

Apple will develop maps for its iPhones, Apple Watch and other products at a technology centre in Hyderabad, the company announced on the third day of CEO Tim Cook’s India visit on Thursday.

The facility is expected to create as many as 4,000 jobs .

Apple CEO Tim Cook later attended an Indian Premier League game between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders in Kanpur.

In his first ever interaction with an Indian media, Cook said the facilities announced for Bengaluru and Hyderabad were only the beginning of what’s to come.

“We have thought through many areas (of investment) and we will move ahead in all these areas. What we have announced in Hyderabad and Bengaluru are just a couple of initial things, there’s more coming. We are committed to India,” Mr. Cook said in his first interaction with an Indian media organization.

Asked if Apple would consider manufacturing iPhones here, Mr. Cook said, “We are looking at India as a partner across (segments), not just for any one area. Manufacturing is something we will logically look at.”

Manufacturing in India is going to be the top talking point when Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

There may not be any announcement just yet, but the PM is likely to tell Cook that India would want Apple to manufacture in India.

The company’s largest global manufacturing partner Foxconn has already signed a joint venture with the Adani Group to manufacture Apple products in the country.

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