Tim Cook Starts India Trip With Temple Visit and Meetings in Mumbai

After arriving in India from Beijing on late Tuesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook started his five-day trip in the country with a pre-dawn visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Wednesday, according to The Indian Express. Cook was accompanied by newly promoted Apple India head Sanjay Kaul.

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Tim Cook and Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, right (Image: The Indian Express)

Cook proceeded to meet Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, before holding business meetings with Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, and TCS CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran, among others, at the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel where he is staying in Mumbai.

Local media reports claim that Cook also has plans to have dinner with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan at his seaside home in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, and meet Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.

Indian website Mid-Day reported that Cook will travel to Hyderabad, India on Thursday, where he is expected to formally announce a $25 million technology development center that will focus on Apple Maps development and house over 150 employees. The CEO is also expected to make stops in Bangalore and Delhi later this week.

Cook is reportedly scheduled to meet India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday before wrapping up his visit. The conversation may center upon the Indian government's recent decisions to approve single-branded Apple Stores, which could open within 18 months, but deny the sale of refurbished iPhones in the country.

Apple's market share in price-sensitive India remains less than 2 percent, but Cook believes the country provides a "really great opportunity" for growth after sales in the U.S. and China have slowed. Apple's revenue grew 56 percent in India last quarter, passing the $1 billion mark for the first time.

Earlier, Apple announced plans to establish a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bangalore.

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55 months ago
Let's see how MacRumors forum members spin this one negatively.
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55 months ago
Enjoy while it last, Tim. You won't last for too long as :apple: CEO. A few more strike outs and you are done.
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55 months ago
Get your ship in order captain...your team isn't doing their jobs and it is showing in your software
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Let's see how MacRumors forum members spin this one negatively.

Internet forum for opinions no?
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55 months ago
I'd be pretty nervous if I were an Apple Software Engineer.
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55 months ago
Reduced sales growth of Apple products in America, Europe and China. Rather than trying to solve the issue by coming out with more refined and properly tested Operating System software and new innovative hardware, they just move along by trying to push their products and services onto the Indian market...

At least most people in India are used to service outages. So no one will go crazy when things don't work from time to time like us... gotta love Tim!
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