NEW DELHI: "I am looking at India holistically and we are here for the next thousand years," Apple CEO Tim Cook stated on Friday as the 55-year-old CEO of Cupertino-based tech giant entered the final stage of his highly coded four-day India tour and was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
Cook said: "India is much more strategic. We are thinking about really long rounds in the country. We are here for next thousand years. We are not making the most but the best. We will never make a product that we are not proud of."
"Apple has a bright future for retail in India. We will sell pre-owned phones with new warranty and it would help us to reach customers who really want an Apple device. We want India to have best Apple products," he stressed, adding that he instantly feels like he belongs here in India.
Tim Cook has also announced the Apps development facility in Bengaluru and Maps Development Centre in Hyderabad to count the beginning in India.
At an event in the capital, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "I complement Apple chief executive for a public commitment of one thousand years in India. We are ready to work together."
Cook later met Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, one of India's leading telecommunication companies who launched 4G in India and is set to offer it countrywide. Their meeting lasted an hour with top officials of Airtel being present there.
"We are also planning to bring Apple Pay to India," Cook also told NDTV. Apple Pay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service that lets users make payments through Apple devices.
Cook arrived in New Delhi after watching an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Kanpur on Thursday and fell in love with the game. "Found cricket unbelievably exciting. I'm totally hooked on it," he said.
Defying the scorching heat, Cook visited an Apple store situated at DLF Galleria, Gurgaon. "I went to one store in the morning and I was very happy what I had seen there," he told the TV channel.
On the second day of his India visit, he inaugurated the tech giant's map development center in Hyderabad and visited a women's college.
For the map development centre, Apple has partnered with Noida-based RMSI, a leading IT services player that offers GIS, analytics and software services.
Cook also revealed plans for an iOS app design and development facility in Bengaluru a day earlier.