Today, Apple opened its first retail store in India in the Bandra Kurla Complex neighborhood of Mumbai. Several hours prior to the grand inauguration, Apple devotees were seen forming lengthy lines outside the store. However, Jet Airways CEO Sanjiv Kapoor revealed on Tuesday that he was formerly an Apple user but is now ”a Windows and Android person”
He used his last Apple product in 2020 before switching from iTunes to Spotify.
Mr. Kapoor also posted a throwback photo of himself with a Macintosh and explained that he used his first Apple product in 1986, when his ivy league institution, Dartmouth, issued Apple Macintoshes to all students. However, he stopped using Apple products in 2020, nearly three years ago. In 2020, he utilized his final Apple product before transferring from iTunes to Spotify.
I first used an Apple product in 1986, when all Dartmouth undergraduates were issued Apple Macintoshes. In 2020, I stopped using Apple products when I converted from iTunes to Spotify. Am now a Windows and Android user exclusively. As my idol Steve Jobs once advised, he wrote, “Think Different.”
However, Kapoor did not disclose the reason for the change.
In addition to the Mumbai store, Apple will open a second location in New Delhi on April 20. The opening of the stores coincides with Apple’s more than 25th anniversary in India. Monday, the company announced that the opening of its first two stores in the country represents a significant expansion initiative.
“This week, as Apple celebrates more than 25 years in India, the company is marking a major expansion with the opening of its first Apple Store locations in the country, along with new environmental initiatives and a key milestone in the rapidly growing community of Indian developers,” the company said in a statement.
Apple exports from India are estimated to have surpassed USD 5 billion in the fiscal year 2022-23, accounting for roughly half of all “Made In India” phone exports.