Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Wednesday committed to growth and investment across India in meeting with the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.
Cook is on a visit to India this week and inaugurated the iPhone maker’s first retail store in the country on Tuesday in Mumbai. Apple will also open a retail store in New Delhi on Thursday.
“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 wrote on Twitter and shared a picture of him shaking hands with Modi.
In response, the Indian PM tweeted that it was an “absolute delight” to meet Cook.
“Glad to exchange views on diverse topics and highlight the tech-powered transformations taking place in India,” Modi said.
Cook’s visit to India underscores Apple‘s growing ambitions for the country, where despite having just a 3 percent market share the company has been expanding iPhone assembly via contract manufacturers, and also boosting its exports.
Around $9 billion (roughly Rs. 738 Crore) worth of smartphones were exported from India between April 2022 and February this year and iPhones accounted for more than 50 percent of that, data from the India Cellular and Electronics Association shows.
Apple’s new Mumbai store, which opened to the public on Tuesday, is in the premier Reliance Jio World Drive mall, home to luxury clothing and jewellery brands like Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Swarovski. It is 20,800 square feet, far bigger than the planned Delhi outlet, local registration documents show.
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