Apple CEO Tim Cook bets big on India’s economic reforms


NEW YORK: Applauding the economic reforms unveiled by India, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the world’s third-largest smartphone market presents a “very good business environment” going ahead.

Apple, maker of the iconic iPhone, has been sharpening its focus on the the world’s largest democracy as it sees India “quickly becoming the fastest growing BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) country.”

Describing India as a rapidly expanding market, Cook said revenues from the country were up 38% and in constant currency, the growth was 48%.

“So it’s a very rapidly expanding country. And I think the government in India is very interested in economic reforms and so forth that I think all speak to a really good business environment for the future,” Cook said on an investor call.

Cook said the company is “putting increasingly more energy in India” and will continue to invest here for the long-term.

“India’s growth, as you know, is very good. It’s quickly becoming the fastest-growing BRIC country. It’s the third-largest smartphone market in the world, behind China and the US,” Cook said.

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