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Tim Cook met with India’s Prime Minister, discussed Apple Pay, iPhone 6s, possible manufacturing

The Apple CEO, Mr. Tim Cook calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in San Jose on September 26, 2015.

Shortly after Tim Cook met with the Chinese President, Apple’s CEO has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as expected. The Times of India reports that the two of them discussed the possibility of bringing Apple Pay to the country, and Prime Minister Modi invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in the country.

Cook was said to have “responded positively” to the idea, though nothing more specific was announced. We’ve known for some time that Foxconn has plans to build multiple factories in India, but neither company has confirmed that these would be manufacturing products for Apple. Foxconn carries out contract manufacturing for a number of high-profile brands.

Apple does, however, have one strong incentive to manufacture iPhones in India … 

India has trading laws that prevent companies opening manufacturer-owned retail outlets unless a certain proportion of the manufacturing is carried out within the country. This is the reason that India does not yet have any official Apple Stores, relying instead on network of third-party resellers.

Apple is currently working to expand these to a target of 500 stores, using financing plans and cheaper hardware to make its products accessible to the local market. Cook reported in the July earnings call that iPhone sales in India almost doubled in Q3, and said in this meeting that the iPhone 6s/Plus would be launched in India “very soon” (now confirmed as 16 October).

Cook also commented that he was keen to partner in the Digital India initiative, which aims to make government services accessible electronically, and saw big opportunities for the Indian economy through app development, pointing to 1.5M jobs created in China.

A short video was released, but without sound.

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  1. Ha, the Prime Minister looks hipper than Tim.

  2. Dave Huntley - 7 years ago

    Is Modi going to g’tee non interference, no corruption, no massive taxes imposed at a whim? India is famed for red tape to stifle outsiders, Modi has done zero to change that and that’s one of the reasons why people leave india in droves and Modi makes them renounce their passport if they take up citizenship elsewhere…

    I say that last bit because expat indians seem to obsess with Modi and always harp on about India and how great it is (yet they left). But when you left, india took your citizenship so you cannot return… so that country doesn’t want you back. That tells you all you need to know about India right there and nullifies all this expat love of India and Modi. You are no longer Indian. Get over it. If it was really a non corrupt lovely place you would never have left.

    • smartysanky - 7 years ago

      Brought up and still living in India, I kinda agree with you.
      Its just that he received a strong mandate in national elections last year and has been talking about cleaning up the economy of the country. No concrete steps have been taken though but there seems to be some work going on which was absent during last few governments.
      Any sane person in country or abroad would call it all a chutzpah.
      Anyway, in Apple’s and Foxconn’s case, I think the strong point would be the cheap labor in India considering the recent changes in Chinese labor scenario.


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