Apple Boss Tim Prepare dinner to Meet India's Selfie-Loving Prime Minister
When Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as a part of an Asian tour aimed toward boosting gross sales, he’ll sit down with a person whose penchant for a selfie — typically utilizing his gold iPhone — can get him into hassle.
Modi breached electoral guidelines when he photographed himself holding his social gathering’s image of a lotus flower instantly after casting his vote within the 2014 basic election, one of many many selfies he repeatedly takes together with his Apple telephone.
Prepare dinner meets the sixty five-yr previous prime minister in New Delhi on Saturday, and can be hoping Modi’s enthusiasm for telephones may also help Apple because it tries to bolster gross sales in India.
Whereas smartphone utilization is surging as the center class swells, most Indians nonetheless cannot afford Apple’s iPhones and the corporate has solely about 2 % market share in a rustic the place one hundred million telephones have been bought final yr.
Aside from snapping the standard selfie, Modi is more likely to inform Prepare dinner that if Apple needs to promote extra telephones in India, it ought to make them there, and assist the prime minister understand his ambition of turning the nation into a producing powerhouse.
Prepare dinner may even have to recollect to not come between Modi and his love of the limelight: on a visit to Silicon Valley in September Modi appeared to shove Fb boss Mark Zuckerberg apart in order that the cameras might seize him absolutely.
Prepare dinner and Modi’s assembly will cap an unusually lengthy journey to India that has seen the Apple boss pray at an elephant-god temple in Mumbai, watch cricket and dine with Bollywood stars.