Apple CEO Tim Cook, who arrived in Delhi on his first visit as Apple CEO on Tuesday night, seems to have his diary full with visits to various places in Gurgaon, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
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 computers. Cook landed in Mumbai at 11.45 pm on Tuesday, and headed straight to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, according to this Economic Times report.
His suite in the famous hotel is rumoured to have cost close to Rs 87,000 a night. Cook is expected to stay at the Grand Luxury Suite in the Heritage Wing of the iconic hotel. In New Delhi, he is expected to stay at The Leela Palace.
Here's a look at the Apple head honcho's week-long itinerary:
Meeting with Modi and other VIPs
He is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. He had met Modi at a Silicon Valley event in the U.S. last September, where they discussed manufacturing plans under Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
This ET report further adds that Cook's meetings in India will include one with Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal, besides top industry executives, employees and trade partners, sources said. He is also expected to meet senior officials from Reliance Industries.
Spotboye reports that Tim Cook will attend a bash hosted by Shah Rukh Khan in Mannat on Wednesday night. It is expected to be a starry affair with all the Hindi film industry bigwigs.
A trip to Siddhivinayak temple
Can a trip to Mumbai be complete without a visit to this iconic temple? Before a morning of business meetings, Cook visited Siddhivinayak temple, and even ran into Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, reports Indian Express.
Launching a development centre in Hyderabad
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.
Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao tweeted:
Will share a Big news with you all day after tomorrow. Suspense till then
— KTR (@KTRTRS) May 17, 2016
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.
Here's what to expect
Cook may raise the issue of allowing Apple to import and sell refurbished iPhones at a cheaper price in India. This will give Apple a slot in mid and low-price segment.
What not to expect
A definitive statement on Section 377 or sexual minorities in India. Or who knows? Cook may surprise us.
The only thing left in Cook's itinerary is to visit the Taj Mahal and maybe ride an elephant. Any takers?
(With inputs from agencies)
Published Date: May 18, 2016 11:38 am | Updated Date: May 18, 2016 11:38 am