India will get its first Apple Store in 2021

Ruben Fields
February 28, 2020

Beyond boosting Apple's market share, Indian stores would also offer some additional benefits to the company.

Amid the ongoing US-China trade war several global companies including Apple have shifted their focus to India - in terms of manufacturing, expanding, and investing in the country.

"I'm an enormous believer within the alternative in India", mentioned Cook dinner.

Mr Cook told investors he didn't think Apple would be a "good partner".

"We like to do things our way", he stated.

Apple sells its merchandise via third-party shops in India nowadays. But its sales lag competitors Samsung and Huawei.

With demand for Apple products slowing in China - even before the outbreak of Coronavirus - the firm is hoping it can spur growth in other developing markets like India.

The gathered shareholders in the Steve Jobs Theatre on Apple's campus had the opportunity to ask about a range of topics, and did so. Shareholders will reportedly be calling on Apple to report whether it has "publicly committed to respect freedom of expression as a human right". These include all VPN apps that would allow Chinese iOS users to avoid the country's ban on certain sites.

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Anwar was Mahathir's deputy and a rising political star when Mahathir was prime minister the first time but they fell out. Fahmi also clarified that the meeting did not discuss PH's position on the unity government proposed by Dr Mahathir.

Regarding Apple, the group said the Cupertino-based company had removed 517 apps in China at the request of the government, in addition to the 600 virtual private network apps Apple confessed to blocking in 2017.

In the past, Apple shareholders have voted down human rights measures related to China by much larger margins.

Similar measures were proposed previously however have by no means won as a lot improve.

Although the proposal was declined, experts say that the percentage of votes in favor (40.6%, according to Reuters) is very high for the company in regards to such proposals.

"We have a challenge right now with the coronavirus", Cook said at the Wednesday event.

The tech giant warned investors early this month that it expected to miss its quarterly earnings estimate because of the outbreak. Many of the Chinese crops that make parts for Apple merchandise - like its iPhones and MacBook laptops- were closed or running at with restricted capability to cut back the unfold of the illness.

Other proposals include one that allows shareholders to nominate more than one director to Apple's board and whether to tie executive compensation to environmental sustainability metrics. Additionally, Kern McPherson, vice president of research for global governance advisory firm Glass Lewis, that had supported the proposal, said that, because of those vote results, he would expect Apple to engage with its shareholders on the issue.

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