The Indian government is set to approve Apple's request to open its own retail stores in the country and exempt the company from its domestic sourcing policy for foreign businesses.

Apple currently has no wholly-owned stores in India and sells its products through a number of distributors. Back in January, the company sent an application to the country's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for approval of several planned Apple retail outlets.

indian_flag
According to The Times of India, a committee led by DIPP secretary Ramesh Abhishek will this week recommend exempting Apple from a state ruling that requires single-brand foreign stores to source at least 30 percent of their goods from domestic suppliers.

"The committee has found that the company's products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art," said sources familiar with the matter. "It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms."

The source's wording is significant, since under the rule, restrictions may be waived for retailers selling "state-of-the-art" and "cutting-edge technology" if local suppliers are unavailable. Since Apple manufactures most of its products in China, the precondition had thus far been an issue for the company as it tries to make headway into the Indian retail market.

Last summer, Apple announced its Authorized Mobility Resellers program in India, which focused on opening 500 retail store locations across 12 cities in the country. Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised India's business environment and stated that the company is putting more energy into the country, which has the third largest smartphone market in the world with over 200 million users, despite only one third of the population being smartphone owners.

Tag: India

Top Rated Comments

RichTF Avatar
75 months ago
I'm sure that's cost apple something in bribes... everything's for sale if you know the right people.
The products are too expensive for the majority of the population, i cant see it being anything transformative.
Isn't that what people said about China? Like China, India's demographics are changing rapidly, and I'd personally bet on this working out very well for Apple in the next few years…
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0007776 Avatar
75 months ago
The products are too expensive for the majority of the population, i cant see it being anything transformative.
Given the size of the population they don't need a majority or even close to make a lot of money. Also to will create a bigger supply of used iPhones in the country getting people used to them so as their incomes increase they start buying new ones.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
absessive Avatar
75 months ago
All in a very good move. Look at this way, more jobs in India (Apple blue shirts), better service (no longer experience third party vendor incompetence), hopefully more choice (bring in the latest Apple tech quicker), and if sales in China are any indication, more sales tax for the government/country.
Maybe one day India will have ApplePay.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
75 months ago
This is really great news for them, as Tim said in the conference call the other day that India was only about 8 years behind China. I've worked with some incredibly brilliant and hard-working Indian people in the startup and app dev scene and the incredible progress they talk about in their homeland is inspiring—and many of them care deeply about giving back and helping their local communities back home. Their economy is going to be a massive force on the global stage as they fully modernize and provide a counter to China's dominance. Given NSA surveillance and proposed U.S. laws limiting encryption, I wouldn't at all be surprised if somewhere like India ends up becoming the new "silicon valley" of the world.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iKaushal Avatar
75 months ago
That sounds about a great news, and maybe they'll finally start their own online sales website.

As I personally got almost ripped off with a "Hong Kong" Apple Watch, which if am right was probably smuggled and had me worried if something does happen and it breaks down, Apple services could be refused.
Bittersweet experience overall, thankfully at least the device is working for now.

Oh and being able to customise a range of MacBooks instead of picking from a preset condition.
Yeah that was one sore spot....I terribly missed customisations when I purchased MacBooks.

I missed on a matte screen when I got the MacBook Pro in 2012....and now on 1.3 ghz version when I got the 12" MacBook.

Hopefully now Apple will offer online store and customisations.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
friedkimchi Avatar
75 months ago
Curious about pricing since all Apple products in India were raised by 10%? If parts are to be localized, what could some examples be?

And will they honor Apple's international warranty [know for a fact that India has horrible sales service]?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

maxresdefault

Review: M1 Max MacBook Pro After Three Months

Wednesday January 19, 2022 11:30 am PST by
It's now been a few months since the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models launched in October, and MacRumors video editor Dan Barbera has been using one of the new machines since they debuted. Over on the MacRumors YouTube channel, Dan has shared a three month review of his MacBook Pro to see how it has held up over time and how it's changed his workflow. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube ...
iphone se 2020 top

New iPhone SE Likely to Launch in April Based on Production Timeframe

Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:44 am PST by
Apple suppliers will begin producing display panels for the third-generation iPhone SE this month, with final assembly of the device likely to start in March, according to information shared by display industry consultant Ross Young. Based on this production timeframe, Young believes the third-generation iPhone SE is likely to launch in the second half of April, or perhaps in early May at...
AirPods 3 New Firmware Feature

Apple Updates AirPods 3 Firmware to Version 4C170

Tuesday January 18, 2022 11:46 am PST by
Apple today released a new 4C170 firmware update for the AirPods 3, an update from the prior 4C165 that was made available in December. Apple does not offer details on what's included in new firmware updates for the AirPods‌, so we don't know what improvements or bug fixes the new firmware brings. There is no standard way to upgrade the ‌AirPods‌‌ software, but firmware is...
iPad Air Feature 2 green

New Apple Products Filed in Regulatory Database, Likely Including New iPhone SE and iPad Air

Tuesday January 18, 2022 6:11 am PST by
Apple today filed unreleased iPhone and iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, as spotted by French blog Consomac. The filings likely represent the rumored third-generation iPhone SE, fifth-generation iPad Air, and potentially more. The unreleased iPhone models have the identifiers A2595, A2783, and A2784, while the unreleased iPad models have the identifiers A2588, A2589, ...
iphone 5g mmwave

U.S. Airlines Warn of 'Catastrophic' Crisis With Impending 5G Rollout, AT&T and Verizon Agree to Delay Around Airports

Tuesday January 18, 2022 10:35 am PST by
Verizon and AT&T's upcoming rollout of new C-Band 5G technology could cause chaos and lead to widespread delays of passenger and cargo flights, major U.S. airlines said on Monday in a letter sent to the White House National Economic Council, the FAA, and the FCC (via Reuters). "Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially...
microsoft office icons

Microsoft Releases Office for Mac Update With Full Apple Silicon Support in Excel

Tuesday January 18, 2022 4:15 am PST by
Microsoft has released a new version of its Office for Mac productivity suite that includes an updated Excel app with 100% native support for Apple silicon machines. According to the release notes accompanying version 16.57, Excel will now run natively on Macs powered by Apple's M1-series processors without having to use the Rosetta 2 translation layer, which means anyone using a Mac with an ...
appleeducation

Apple's US Education Store Now Requires Institution Verification to Buy Discounted Products

Wednesday January 19, 2022 2:22 am PST by
Apple is now requiring that customers in the United States verify that they're active students, teachers, or staff members at an educational institution in order to access education discounts on products. Previously, little verification was needed for customers to purchase products through Apple's education store in the United States. Apple's education stores offer models of the iPad and Mac ...
iPhone 14 Mock pill and hole thumb

ProMotion Now Expected to Remain Exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro Models, Not Expand to Entire Lineup

Sunday January 16, 2022 8:56 am PST by
Continuing the tradition set with the iPhone 13 Pro, only the highest-end iPhone 14 models will feature Apple's ProMotion display technology, according to a respected display analyst. Ross Young, who on multiple occasions has detailed accurate information about Apple's future products, said in a tweet that ProMotion will not be expanded to the entire iPhone 14 lineup and will remain...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID

Rumored iPhone 14 Pro Feature Delayed Until Next Year

Wednesday January 19, 2022 3:00 am PST by
Apple's long-rumored under-display Face ID technology will not be coming to the iPhone 14 Pro, according to recent reports. Based on the latest rumors, it now looks unlikely that the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature Face ID technology under the display as several reports claimed over the past year. Display industry consultant Ross Young, who often reveals ...