Apple CEO Tim Cook who arrived in India has started his tour with a visit to Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai on Wednesday morning. He is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. He had met Modi at a Silicon Valley event in the US last September, where they discussed manufacturing plans under Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Meantime, Apple has officially informed that the tech giant will set up an app design and development Centre in Benguluru. This move is expected to usher in the app designing and development in India.
“The company will establish a design and development accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS (foundation for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). This initiative will provide additional, specialised support for them,” Apple said in a statement.
Cook’s visit to India comes at a time when the US technology giant is hit by slower growth in global sales of its flagship products — iPhone, iPad and Mac.
“In Delhi, after greeting employees at the Apple’s corporate office at One Horizon Centre in Gurgaon, he is expected to visit iZen Store (Apple authorised reseller) in Green Park and the iWorld Store (Apple premium store) in Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj,” an Apple source told IANS on condition of anonymity.
The source, however, did not give details of his meeting with Modi.
Meanwhile, officials in Hyderabad said that Apple will launch its development centre there on Thursday.
The facility will commence operations on one lakh square feet leased space in WaveRock, a building owned by real estate giant Tishman Speyer at Nanakramguda.
However, it was not confirmed if Cook will be present to inaugurate the company’s first development centre in India.
“Will share a big news with you all day after tomorrow. Suspense till then,” tweeted Telangana IT minister K.T. Rama Rao.
The US-based firm plans to expand the facility to 2.5 lakh square feet by next year. It will have 2,500 employees, sources said.
The company, which has taken the space on lease at WaveRock, is also planning to build its own campus.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao or his son and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao may make an announcement for allocation of land to Apple for its campus.
Cook is also expected to meet Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to attract big ticket investments for his state. (IANS)