“Apple is looking at India as an investment destination, in addition to pushing the sales of its products in the country,” Thomas K. Thomas reports for The Hindu. “In his first ever interaction with an Indian media organisation, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said the facilities announced for Bengaluru and Hyderabad were only the beginning of what’s to come.”
“Asked if Apple would consider manufacturing iPhones here, Mr. Cook said, ‘We are looking at India as a partner across (segments), not just for any one area. Manufacturing is something we will logically look at,'” Thomas reports. “On the controversy over pre-owned phones, he said he would urge the Centre to come to an agreement. ‘If you think about automobiles, brands like Lexus and Mercedes have been selling certified pre-owned cars. We have this programme in the U.S. and in most parts of the world. When they are sold, they are sold with warranty, just like a new product. We would never sell a product that we didn’t think was right,’ he said.”
MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s Certified Refurbished products are of the highest quality.
“Mr. Cook said he was not chasing market share in India but wanted to partner with telecom operators to enhance the quality of services,” Thomas reports. “‘We are in India for the next thousand years. Our horizon is very long. We are focussed on best, not most. So it doesn’t bother me that we don’t have top market share,’ he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It’s nice to have a long term plan. 😉