Apple CEO Tim Cook had a very busy day on Tuesday as his fast-paced trip to India included various meet and greets with new retail employees, local app developers, celebrities and politicians, but it was the arrival of a longtime Apple fan at the opening of the Apple BKC store, which seems to have generated the most enthusiastic response from the head of Apple.
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Cook was visibly surprised when Sajid, a local UX designer, showed up unexpectedly at a store opening in Mumbai with a vintage circa 1987 Macintosh SE. He wore the iconic turtleneck in the style of Apple co-founder Steve. Jobs, Sajid chatted affectionately with Cook about his prized possessions and posed for photos as store employees and the crowd cheered.
“I am a designer myself, I used to be a graphic designer and I switched to UI/UX, so now I am doing digital design,” said Sajid Moneycontrol. “I am very excited and proud that Apple is finally opening a store here. This is an important moment for Apple users in India and we look forward to visiting this store and seeing all the latest Apple products.”
The Macintosh SE was released by Apple in March 1987 and was introduced at the same time as the Macintosh II . The Macintosh SE was replaced in 1990 by the Macintosh Classic, a similar model that retained the same CPU and form factor but was offered at a lower price. Eight years later, Steve Jobs asked Cook to join Apple, where his first position was senior vice president of global operations.
#WATCH | Apple CEO Tim Cook was surprised to see a customer bring his old Macintosh Classic to the opening of India's first Apple store at BKC Mumbai pic.twitter.com/MOY1PDk5Ug — ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2023
Apple's sales in India reached a new high of nearly $6 billion in the year to March 2023. The company's revenue in India rose nearly 50% from $4.1 billion. A year earlier, according to one report.
Cook continues his trip to India today in New Delhi, while the Apple CEO tours local cultural and artistic attractions. Cook is expected to attend the opening of Apple Saket, the capital's first Apple Store, on Thursday, April 20. This is the CEO's first trip to India in seven years.
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