Tim Cook Meets With India's PM Narendra Modi, Launches New App

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his week-long visit to India today by meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss manufacturing and retail opportunities, as well as launch a new state mobile app (via The Times of India).

During the meeting at the Prime Minister's official residence, Modi explained his Digital India initiative and asked Apple to support its key objectives of e-education, health, and increasing farmer's incomes. The PM also reportedly raised issues with Cook regarding cyber security and data encryption in India.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image: PIB)

Cook took the opportunity to express his appreciation for the country's skilled younger generation and emphasized Apple's desire to tap into the talent of India's youth. Cook also commented on the potential for app development that exists in the country and highlighted the importance of the Map Development Centre that Apple is setting up in Hyderabad.

In addition, Cook helped launch an updated version of the Prime Minister's 'Narendra Modi Mobile App', which aims to offer a direct channel of communication with Indian citizens as part of a broader vision for participative governance.

The app contains a new feature called 'My Network', which is described as an online volunteering forum where app users can share views and ideas. Additionally, the app functions as a ministerial news service and logs the Prime Minister’s speeches, while users can also keep up with episodes of PM radio program 'Mann Ki Baat' and even write to the Prime Minister.

Modi took to Twitter to thank Cook for helping launch the updated app and urged followers on social media to get involved. Cook responded by thanking the PM and offered his best wishes for the app's success.



As part of the day, Cook also met Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, one of India's leading telecommunication companies which was the first to launch 4G in India and is set to offer the service countrywide.

The PM meeting is being reported as a high point for Cook's Indian visit and a strengthening of Apple's relationship with the country. In an interview with an Indian TV channel on Friday, Cook asserted that he was looking at India holistically and Apple was "here for the next thousand years".

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46 months ago


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46 months ago
All this India visit seems to be more of Apple sending message to China by implying: "If you give us too much headache, we will gradually move everything to Inda."
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46 months ago

Cook took the opportunity to express his appreciation for the country's skilled younger generation, as they'll play a crucial role in outsourcing American jobs either outright to India, or in the form of significant salary reductions for migrant workers on H-1B visas.

There. Fixed it for you.
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46 months ago
Long-term, I'm much more optimistic about Apple growing its presence in India than growing its presence in China.
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46 months ago
I think this trip is a good thing. India deserves solid commerce and I hope Apple will meet India's needs.
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46 months ago
Very strange. Can you imagine if Tim Cook (Apple) designed an app for Clinton or Trump? Seems like a very political decision with not a lot of consideration of the consequences of how the next government might feel about it.
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46 months ago
I wonder how he feels about homosexuality being illegal in India...
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46 months ago

It's all about outsourcing. Big corporations are Americans worst enemy. They not just happy with avoiding paying taxes. Tim Cook makes me nauseous with all the this PR stuff. Apple completely lost its focus.


Apple is focused...it's what they are focused on that is problematic.

iPhone 7 has absolutely no buzz or remotely interesting leaks and it's only 4 months off. That's not good by any stretch.
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46 months ago

I think this trip is a good thing. India deserves solid commerce and I hope Apple will meet India's needs.

They do! And they deserve state-of-the-art, innovative hardware coupled with well-designed software, that you should be able to update without thinking about it.

In other words: Dear Tim, please come back home soon and have a word with your software department, as they seem to be having a great party during your absence. You owe it to your customers. If you forgot that, your shareholders will soon remind you.
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46 months ago
It's all about outsourcing. Big corporations are Americans worst enemy. They not just happy with avoiding paying taxes. Tim Cook makes me nauseous with all the this PR stuff. Apple completely lost its focus.
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