Tim Cook Discussed Expansion & Apple Pay With India Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where the two discussed topics like the expansion of Apple's manufacturing base into India, Apple Pay, and the recent launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (via The Times of India). During the talks, Modi invited Cook to open a new manufacturing base within India, to which the Apple CEO was said to have "responded positively," especially considering India's burgeoning app development business.

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"Cook responded positively. I think India does fits into his long term plans. He particularly was interested in the whole App development economy, which he said could be a very very important factor for entrepreneurship where individual app developers can just become part of the app universe," Ministry of external affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters.

"As Apple expands its presence in India including a manufacturing presence there could be enhanced opportunity for app development related to the apple platforms," Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh said.

Foxconn was previously reported to be looking at the possibility of an expansion into India to produce iPhones and iPads, but Cook's outspoken interest in the possibility marks Apple's first public interest in the expansion. The two also briefly discussed bringing Apple Pay to India, along with the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Although the new iPhones were known to be coming to India by the end of 2015, this morning brought confirmation of the October 16 launch of the devices in the country, mentioned briefly in Apple's iPhone sales press release.

Cook also noted Apple's "unique tie" to India, pointing to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' visit to the country and the inspiration he got from his stay there. The Apple CEO then voiced support of the Prime Minister's "Digital India" program, which aims to reduce paperwork and lagging networks by ensuring all government services are available to citizens online and bolstering rural areas with higher-speed internet connections.

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65 months ago

Poll:-
Would you prefer your iPhone made in China or India?

I prefer India to China. Democracy > Communism. Open Internet > Great Firewall.
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65 months ago

Poll:-
Would you prefer your iPhone made in China or India?

Neither. Bring the manufacturing and assembly back to the U.S.
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65 months ago

Neither. Bring the manufacturing and assembly back to the U.S.

Lol.

Or if serious:
"Bring back"?? Umm.... exactly how old are you? When was this magic era when cheap electronics were manufactured in the US, NOT China?
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65 months ago

Neither. Bring the manufacturing and assembly back to the U.S.

Double facepalm. Muricans can't do those type of jobs. Complaints everywhere plus Apple will get lawsuits everyday. Also, high standard of living in US requires high salary thus Apple gadgets will even more pricier. Not gonna happen.
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65 months ago
I read that as Tim Cook discusses expansion into Narnia with Indian president.
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65 months ago

Would you prefer your iPhone made in China or India?

Yes! I love to see the next (or after next) iPhone with 'Designed by Apple in California Assembled in India'!
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