Apple CEO Cook debuts in India

“Apple Inc will set up a software laboratory in India to help Indian startups and developers working on the company’s iOS platform, Apple said hours after Chief Executive Tim Cook began his first official visit to the country,” Himank Sharma and Rupam Jain report for Reuters. “Cook arrived late on Tuesday, and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other officials, later in the week.”

“The app design and development accelerator – the term used for hothouse laboratories in the tech sector – will open in Bengaluru, as Bangalore is now known, in early 2017,” Sharma and Jain report. “Apple said in a statement the accelerator would help Indian developers and startups design their apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.”

“Cook’s visit coincides with India’s emergence as one of the last large growth markets for smartphones, with sales in the United States and China beginning to taper off. Over 100 million smartphones were sold in India last year, a number that is expected to grow by 25 percent this year,” Sharma and Jain report. “Although India is in the world’s third-largest smartphone market, Apple’s iPhone only has a two percent market share, but sales grew 56 percent in the first three months of 2016.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As Apple targets BRICS economies with iPhone SE and refurbished iPhones (blocked in India, so far), the divide between iPhone-haves and iPhone-have-nots will become ever more stark. Fragmandroid iPhone wannabes will be only in the pockets of the poorest of the poor while Apple’s rich, vibrant ecosystem flourishes.

Apple to open first-of-its-kind iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in India – May 18, 2016
Tim Cook visits India: Apple to expand its Indian software development center, build local start-up accelerator program – May 17, 2016
Apple Retail Stores to open in India by end of next year – May 16, 2016
iPhone sales surge 56% in India as Apple eats into Samsung’s high-end share – May 8, 2016
Apple deprivileged as India bows to Washington D.C. consensus on mobile phone import tariffs – May 7, 2016
India rejects Apple’s plan to import and sell refurbished iPhones – May 3, 2016
Indian government panel paves way for wholly-owned Apple retail stores in India – April 28, 2016


  1. I came back after seven months in Indian villages, and I wasn’t going to find a place where I could go for a month to be enlightened. It was one of the first times I started thinking that maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba put together.
    I found myself asking, What was the one most important thing that had struck me? And I think it was that Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic, it is a learned ability. I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought. It had never occurred to me that if no one taught us how to think this way, we would not think this way. And yet, that’s the way it is.
    In the villages of India, they never learned it. They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not. That is the power of intuition and experiential wisdom. They don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. It places value on experience versus intellectual understanding.

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    1. That said, the phrase like “maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba” should be only read figuratively as Edison was one of 28 people that came to the same idea at about same time through out the world, and some of them were also entrepreneurs, so they would implement their solutions into real life products anyway.

      Also, Marx and Thomas are perpendicular in way how they affected the world. Holidays, vacations, 8 hour working day, paid medical leave, paid maternity leave, basic protections of workers from abuses by capitalists only came to the globe after Marx ideas were implemented in Russia, and capitalists got very scared that they can lose everything if they will not ease the exploitation.

      This process and electrification are perpendicular, so they should not be directly compared in terms of importance and actual benefit to society, but rather only as example of difference in approach to solution — Edison at times was intuitive, and Marx was super scientific and methodic all the way.

  2. HInt: It won’t be long before India has more people than China!

    I am surprised that it has taken this long for Cook to visit and arrange Apple development and stores in India.

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