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Tim_Cook_2009_croppedBy NewsGram Staff Writer

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to meet with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi later this month during the latter’s tour of the US west coast, an Apple spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday, according to this AppleInsider report.

According to India’s Economic Times, the spokesperson declined to say what the topic of discussion would be. Three sources for the newspaper indicated that the prime minister’s Office is yet to set an agenda after discussion with Apple.

It is believed that Apple is interested to invest in building manufacturing capacities in India, which could prove to be a huge boost for Modi’s initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. While India’s manufacturing sector has a long way to go, for Modi’s US visit, the main focus is on the entrepreneurship and digital innovation sectors, which are taking India to new heights.

Apple is dependent entirely on third-party resellers in the region and doesn’t even have a local online store. The company is working towards a brisk expansion of its reseller network, with special emphasis on improving iPhone sales, according to the AppleInsider report. Although iPhone numbers rose 93 percent in India during the June quarter, Apple has had difficulty making headway against Android-based phone makers. This is partly because phones are often sold in small independent shops that don’t fit with the company’s normal chain-oriented retail strategy.

Apple differentiates between refurbished and second-hand products in this Times of India article, saying that Apple products have a much longer life than Samsung or other similar products, if properly refurbished. Apple believes its refurbished products such as phones, computers, tablets and laptops have a big market in Asia. Under India’s current industrial policy refurbishing is not allowed. However, there might be a change in policy with Apple’s arrival.

Apple uses manufacturing facilities of Foxconn, which has recently promised to invest $5 billion in a manufacturing facility in Maharashtra. A local Apple-run R&D center might send more critical projects towards India’s direction instead of the backend software development that is usually pushed towards Indian firms like Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services.

Some of the other big names that Modi is scheduled to meet are Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.

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Tech Giant Apple Releases System Updates for iPhones, MacBooks

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Just weeks after releasing the iOS 12.3 update globally, Apple is rolling out a minor iOS 12.3.1 update with bug fixes along with a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.5.

The iOS update addresses a bug that prevented the “report junk” option from appearing on applicable threads and another one that made unknown senders appear in your main inbox when they should not, web portal Ars Technica reported on Friday.

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls.

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The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad. Pixabay

For the macOS, the update focuses on fixing an issue related to the T2 chip in newer MacBook Pro computers, the report said.

A minority of members of various communities of MacBook Pro users have blamed the T2 chip for  a few issues, most notably sound problems with certain pro audio devices, however, the exact issue remains unclear.

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The iPhone-maker is expected to reveal details about much bigger changes coming in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) “special event” in San Jose on June 3, the report added. (IANS)