Hyderabad and Delhi, MaY 23 2016: Apple CEO Tim Cook wrapped up his India visit yesterday, by calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share Apple Inc.’s future plans for India.
He spoke of the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing in India. He appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, and said the youth have significant skills which Apple would like to tap. He mentioned the immense potential for ‘app-development’ that exists in the country. He appreciated the Prime Minister’s initiatives in ‘ease of doing business.’
He said Apple runs on 93 per cent renewable energy, and spoke of plans to move Apple’s entire supply chain to renewable energy. Delegation members accompanying Cook also spoke of their experiences in rural Rajasthan, where several villages have recently been electrified, and women are being skilled to assemble and operate solar energy equipment. Both Cook and the Prime Minister shared some unique stories of entrepreneurship that they had come across in app-development and renewable energy.
Mr Modi explained his Digital India initiative, and identified three key objectives of Digital India as e-education, health and increasing farmers’ incomes. He sought support from Apple in furthering these objectives.
Issues regarding cyber-security and data encryption also came up for discussion. The Prime Minister encouraged Cook to help the global community to cope with the challenges of cyber-crime.
Cook also launched an updated version of the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.’
Map development centre: Earlier on May 19, in the Telengana capital and India's no. 2 silicon city, Hyderabad, Cook met Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao who presided over the inauguration of the Apple Development Centre which would concentrate on maps development. With this, Hyderabad becomes home to the largest tech development centre of Apple outside the US. The event also marks the fact that Hyderabad is now home to four of the top five most valued tech companies' largest offices outside USA. The others are Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
The Chief Minister said,:“We are honoured Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development offic. This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region.”
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Cook, “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.”
The new facility at the Waverock campus will provide a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team.