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Apple is set to make Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan its brand ambassador for India, according to a local report yesterday.

Indian tech website PC Tablet cited sources familiar with the matter, claiming that the announcement will be made when Apple launches its latest iPhone models in India later this year.

Tim Cook with stars Shah Rukh Khan (left) and Sania Mirza. (Source: Instagram)

Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a private dinner at Khan's home during his recent weeklong visit to the country. Before the Bollywood star-studded dinner, Cook was also escorted around movie sets by the president of India's Film and TV Producers Guild, Mukesh Bhatt, who said Cook was "keen to see how Apple could partner with the Indian film industry".

Apple has a number of brand ambassadors around the world, including Brazilian-born FC Barcelona soccer player Neymar and NBA player Steph Curry.

Last month it was reported that Apple is close to signing England international soccer player Raheem Sterling as its figurehead of Apple's promotional work around the European Championship this summer.

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Sheza

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Apple still (hopelessly?) trying to get India to allow it to open stores and sell refurbished phones. Wouldn't it be great if Apple spent the time & money spent lobbying India on R&D for more innovative products instead?
 
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Apple still (hopelessly?) trying to get India to allow it to open stores and sell refurbished phones. Wouldn't it be great if Apple spent the time & money spent lobbying India on R&D for more innovative products instead?

Your comment makes no sense.
1. A brand ambassador can help you sell more phones (for ex) through your existing channels (in India and other countries). Its not always about lobbying for opening stores.
2. Apple can spend time on R&D and on lobbying at the same time. It's not exactly a 1-person company.

In summary, your comment makes no sense.
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India is cautious of a company that seems to take advantage of every country it does business with.

Or it could be the laws pushed by the country on all foreign entrants....but let's go with the "Apple is evil and the world is cautious" narrative. Makes much more sense that way.
 
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India is cautious of a company that seems to take advantage of every country it does business with.
Try MS Rumors. I'm sure you'll prefer it.
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Why Apple needs ambassadors?

India has 1.27B people. Apple are going after those humans with another human.
 
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Apple still (hopelessly?) trying to get India to allow it to open stores and sell refurbished phones. Wouldn't it be great if Apple spent the time & money spent lobbying India on R&D for more innovative products instead?

$10B in one year is not enough for you? While Tim is in India Apple has full time employees in dedicated R&D facilities in about 15 countries worldwide.
 
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What is an apple ambassador ? Just innovate , and make awesome products, enough of this celebrity pitches to push sales.

Apple is going down the Beats track, make so so products and invest in celebrities to push them, worked a charm pushing out junk headphones at first. And beats has not innovated anything in years either .
 
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India is cautious of a company that seems to take advantage of every country it does business with.
I'm not in favor of protectionism, I'd more like a more free (than India's), but also more regulated (than our (EU)) approach.
Basically legislate that taxes are paid by everyone in a fair manner.

However, I do secretly enjoy the hardball Apple is facing for once.
I used to be a lot more on Apple's side and enjoying their success wildly* when they gave me reason to be plenty happy with them.

Glassed Silver:mac

*although I do have to admit I've quickly realized even during Steve's times that I liked Apple being a niche company a lot more.
They just tried harder and provided better value and quality even back then.
<etc etc... people know my train of thought plenty around here haha>
 
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I'm not in favor of protectionism, I'd more like a more free (than India's), but also more regulated (than our (EU)) approach.
Basically legislate that taxes are paid by everyone in a fair manner.

However, I do secretly enjoy the hardball Apple is facing for once.
I used to be a lot more on Apple's side and enjoying their success wildly* when they gave me reason to be plenty happy with them.

Glassed Silver:mac

*although I do have to admit I've quickly realized even during Steve's times that I liked Apple being a niche company a lot more.
They just tried harder and provided better value and quality even back then.
<etc etc... people know my train of thought plenty around here haha>

I think that's the rub. And has been for quite awhile. Those that have been with Apple through its ups and downs still see it as the scrappy company that is the underdog. At the same time (ironically?) they laud the BILLIONS of dollars the company makes and uses profit to argue their dominance. Apple today isn't the Apple of yesterday. Nostalgia is great but it's more important to look at the now and future.
 
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India is cautious of a company that seems to take advantage of every country it does business with.

Yeah, taking advantage like creating 4000 jobs for mapping alone and opening stores.

Plus investment in renewable energies and etc...

This is wavy you call "taking advantage", right?
 
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I think that's the rub. And has been for quite awhile. Those that have been with Apple through its ups and downs still see it as the scrappy company that is the underdog. At the same time (ironically?) they laud the BILLIONS of dollars the company makes and uses profit to argue their dominance. Apple today isn't the Apple of yesterday. Nostalgia is great but it's more important to look at the now and future.
I'm not talking about nostalgia.
I only wish the times of them being the underdog back not because I believe Apple can't ever be amazing again, but because a lot has changed for the worse and I'm not talking about "oh I liked their old Apple logo better" kind of stuff.

This isn't nostalgia, I'll gladly take a modern, successful Apple that provides me with the same value proposition of back then and drives similar innovation as back then.
Sign me up!

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I'm not talking about nostalgia.
I only wish the times of them being the underdog back not because I believe Apple can't ever be amazing again, but because a lot has changed for the worse and I'm not talking about "oh I liked their old Apple logo better" kind of stuff.

This isn't nostalgia, I'll gladly take a modern, successful Apple that provides me with the same value proposition of back then and drives similar innovation as back then.
Sign me up!

Glassed Silver:mac

Oh - my prose wasn't aimed at you specifically. Just some of the general tone of people who post on this forum.
 
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Oh - my prose wasn't aimed at you specifically. Just some of the general tone of people who post on this forum.
Fair enough.

Then again, can you blame them?
Apple is a company that tries to sell you on emotions, affection for the actual company and their philosophy and design language.
Of course they'll generate a lot of nostalgia in the process, much like how your childhood love will always keep its special reserved spot in your heart and nothing will ever compare. ;)

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Oh good. A brand ambassador for phones you can't sell in shops you can't open.

I bet Tim's been on the phone to Foxconn every day since he got back from India. "Is your factory in India open yet? How about now? Now? Nnnnnnnow?"
 
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Why Apple needs ambassadors? Plus Apple 's choices are really debatable. Like the woman beater and homophobic Dr. Dre. Neymar also is not a very popular figure among brazillians (before you say I'm wrong, I am from Brazil).

I love how Apple fans always bring up Dre's dispicable past with Dee Brown. But make no mention of Steve Jobs' equally dispicable past with his own child.

Ambassadors help sell product. Need more reasons than that?
 
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