Tim Cook’s visit to India will be insanely busy

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Tim Cook's got big plans while in India.
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Tim Cook doesn’t get much downtime to enjoy being the king of all things Apple, does he?

Recently he was troubleshooting in China, and now Apple’s CEO has landed for a week-long stay in India, with five other senior Apple execs, during which time they will meet with top execs and politicians in the country, visit the location of Apple’s new tech development center, and much more.

iPhone hacking is easy, claims Indian telecom minister

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Has India come up with a fool-proof way to hack iPhones? Apparently so.
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So far this year, vulnerabilities have been exploited to help unlock the older-generation iPhone 5s and 5c, both as part of murder investigations. However, the newer iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus remain secure devices no government has been able to break into.

Although that record may have been broken in India, according to the country’s telecom minister.

iPhone enjoys massive growth in India in 2016

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The iPhone is big in India!
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Right now, Apple has less than 2 percent of the fast-growing Indian market. However, the company is unlikely to remain a bit-player for too long, with a new report stating that Apple shipments in the country grew 56 percent in the first three months of 2016 — making it one of the country’s fastest-growing vendors.

Samsung successful in bid to block used iPhone sales in India

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Apple's plans in India have hit a roadblock.
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India might be willing to bend some laws to help Apple gain traction in the country, but when it comes to the company’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones to the world’s second-largest mobile population, things aren’t quite so positive.

According to a new report, Apple’s application was turned down on the grounds that it might hurt local handset manufacturers.

And one of the companies behind the campaign to stop Apple? None other than decidedly non-local smartphone maker, Samsung!