“Apple Inc is set to announce plans to expand its Indian software development center and build an accelerator program for local start-ups, two sources aware of the investment said on Tuesday, hours before Chief Executive Tim Cook’s maiden visit,” Himank Sharma and Rupam Jain report for Reuters. “Cook, who arrives in India late on Tuesday, is making his Indian debut just as the country emerges as one of the last large growth markets in the smartphone world, while sales in the United States and China begin to taper off. Among other officials, he is due to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the week.”

“Earlier this year, Apple opened a development center in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, also home to Microsoft’s first India office, where engineers are working on Apple Maps,” Sharma and Jain report. “The company is also expected to announce plans for a startup accelerator in India to work more closely with the Indian developer community that works on Apple’s iOS and OS X software platforms, one of the sources said.”

“Cook’s India visit, which one of the sources said could run into the weekend, also includes meetings with industry partners,” Sharma and Jain report. “On Friday, Cook is expected to meet Sunil Mittal, the billionaire founder of India’s biggest mobile operator Bharti Airtel, a separate source said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It would have been very good for Indian smartphone users if Apple had been approved to import and sell refurbished iPhones in India.

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