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Apple Bringing Online Store to India on September 23

Thursday September 17, 2020 6:42 pm PDT by
Apple today announced that it plans to open its online store in India on Wednesday, September 23, providing customers located in India with a way to purchase iPhones, Macs, iPads, and more directly from Apple. "We're proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities," said Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of Retail + People....

India Bans 118 Apps, Including PUBG Mobile

Wednesday September 2, 2020 7:40 am PDT by
India has today banned 118 apps, including the popular game PUBG Mobile, according to Medianama. The apps were accused of being engaged in activities "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order" by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Thus far, the Indian government has banned 224 apps this year, mainly...

Bloomberg: Apple to Open India Online Store Next Month

Tuesday August 25, 2020 3:42 am PDT by
Apple is preparing to open its first online store in India next month, according to a new report today from Bloomberg. Apple Inc. is poised to open an online store for the first time in the fast-growing smartphone market of India next month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, taking advantage of a relaxation of once-strict prohibitions against foreign direct retail. The...

Apple Confirms iPhone SE is Now 'Assembled in India' For Local Customers

Monday August 24, 2020 7:53 am PDT by
Apple today confirmed that its second-generation iPhone SE is now being assembled in India for orders placed within the country. In a statement shared with The Times of India, Apple said "iPhone SE packs our most powerful chip into our most popular size at our most affordable price and we're excited to be making it in India for our local customers." The new iPhone SE is being assembled by ...

'Made in India' iPhone 12 Reportedly Coming Mid-2021, Trial Production Already Underway

Wednesday August 19, 2020 8:13 am PDT by
Apple plans to roll out an iPhone 12 made exclusively in India by middle of next year, according to Business Standard. Apple supplier Wistron has apparently begun trial production of the ‌iPhone 12‌ already at a new facility near Bengaluru. Wistron has reportedly set about hiring as many as 10,000 new staff for manufacturing facilities in India. The ‌iPhone 12‌ would be the seventh iPho...

Apple Supplier Wistron Hiring Up to 10,000 Extra Staff to Build iPhones in India

Monday August 17, 2020 4:21 am PDT by
Apple partner Wistron is reportedly hiring up to 10,000 extra staff to man its iPhone plant in Narasapura, India, claims a new report today. According to The New Indian Express, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer is expected to start the commercial production of iPhones at its plant in the Kolar district in the next few days. The manufacturing facility in Kolar is expected to generate...

Apple Suppliers Plan Major Production Move to India

Monday August 3, 2020 9:02 am PDT by
An unspecified Apple supplier is planning to move a significant amount of production operations to India, according to The Times of India. The unnamed Apple contract manufacturer is expected to shift six production lines in total, with the aim of accommodating the export of $5 billion worth of devices from India. Establishment of a new facility for these new Indian production lines is...

iPhone 11 Now Being Manufactured at Foxconn Plant in India

Friday July 24, 2020 2:33 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone 11 is now being made in India, the first time a top-of-the-line model has been manufactured in the country, according to a report by the The Economic Times. The flagship smartphone is being manufactured at a Foxconn plant near Chennai, and Apple is planning to increase production in phases and may even consider exporting ‌iPhone 11‌ handsets made in India, reducing its...

Foxconn to Invest $1 Billion in India Amid Strong Push From Apple

Saturday July 11, 2020 9:20 am PDT by
Apple supplier Foxconn plans to invest $1 billion in India to expand a factory that assembles iPhones, reports Reuters. One source told Reuters that Apple has been pushing Foxconn and other suppliers to move production outside of China. The move will ultimately help the company in diversifying its supply chain in an effort to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing amidst the ongoing...

Apple 'Battling' to Free Up iPhone Shipments as India Holds Up Imports From China

Thursday July 2, 2020 3:49 am PDT by
Apple is "battling to free stuck shipments" at the Indian port of Chennai after the country ramped up scrutiny of imports from China following rising tensions between the two nations. Reuters reports that customs officers at the Southern Indian port have held back more than 150 shipments of smartphones and electronic parts from China, which has disrupted operations at plants owned by Apple...

Custom-Configured Macs Now Available in India

Wednesday May 27, 2020 6:32 am PDT by
Mac users in India now have the option of custom configuring their machines, offering significantly greater options as Apple seeks to increase its presence in the country, reports TechCrunch. “This is a very huge deal,” said Preshit Deorukhkar, a Mumbai-based executive who closely tracks Apple development. “Previously, there was no real way to get a built-to-order or configure-to-order...

Apple Reportedly Seeking to Move Significantly More Production From China to India

Monday May 11, 2020 4:13 am PDT by
In a bid to reduce its reliance on China as a base for operations, Apple could be planning to produce up to $40 billion worth of smartphones in India through contract manufacturers Wistron and Foxconn, reports The Indian Economic Times. Several meetings between Apple's senior executives and top ranking government officials over the last few months have paved the way for the iPhone maker...

HomePod Now Available for Sale in India

Sunday May 10, 2020 9:43 pm PDT by
After announcing back in late January that the HomePod would be coming soon to India, the company today began sending out emails to customers letting them know that the Siri-powered smart speaker is now available. Apple's HomePod page in India now has a "Buy" button, although with the company not yet operating its own online storefront in the country, the button redirects to a search tool...

Counterpoint: Strong iPhone 11 Demand Driving Growth of Apple's Marketshare in India

Wednesday April 29, 2020 1:45 am PDT by
Apple was the third-fastest growing brand in India's smartphone market in the first quarter of this year, according to new data from Counterpoint Research. Apple achieved 78 percent growth as the overall market in the country grew 4 percent year on year during Q1 2020. OPPO shipments grew 83 percent year on year in the same quarter, while realme grew 119 percent. Overall smartphone...

iPhone Production in India Suspended as Population of 1.3 Billion Begins 21-Day Lockdown

Wednesday March 25, 2020 4:59 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone factories in India are closing temporarily, after the Indian government ordered the country's population of 1.3 billion people to stay at home for at least three weeks in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The factories in India have suspended production until at least April 14 following the nationwide lockdown ordered by President by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As...

Report Examines Challenges Apple Has Faced in Expanding Manufacturing in India

Thursday March 5, 2020 7:22 am PST by
The Information has published a detailed look into the challenges that Apple has faced in expanding its manufacturing operations in India, including strict labor laws, unsatisfactory health and safety standards, and protectionist trade policies that have resulted in rising tariffs on smartphone components. An excerpt from the paywalled report:For example, one Indian supplier Apple approached ...

Apple Hikes Price of Several iPhone Models in India to Offset Increased Import Duties

Monday March 2, 2020 3:31 am PST by
Apple has raised the price of some iPhone models in India, following an increase in import duties that were recently announced in the country's federal budget. The iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, ‌iPhone‌ 8 and ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus will all see price increases of 2 percent effective Monday to offset the cost of the import duties. The hikes are in light of an increase in the basic customs duty...

Apple Was the Fastest Growing Premium Smartphone Brand of 2019 in India

Wednesday February 5, 2020 12:34 am PST by
Apple was the fastest growing premium smartphone brand in India last year with 41 percent annual growth, according to new data gathered by Counterpoint Research. Premium smartphone shipments in the country reached a record high in 2019, increasing by 29 percent year over year. The growth is said to have been driven by affordable premium smartphones, aggressive offers like significant price...

Wistron to Assemble Key iPhone Component in India, Saving Apple From Major Hike in Import Duties

Sunday February 2, 2020 11:51 pm PST by
Wistron's new plant in India plans to begin assembling printed circuit boards (PCBs) for iPhones, a first for the Taiwanese contract manufacturer that will save Apple having to pay import taxes on the vital smartphone component. Reuters reports that the PCB assembly will take place in Wistron's new iPhone plant, which is about 40 miles outside of Bengaluru, when it becomes operational by...

Apple to Start Online iPhone, iPad and Mac Sales in India in Third Quarter

Tuesday January 28, 2020 2:18 pm PST by
Apple will be opening an online Apple Store in India to start official online sales of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more in the country starting in the third quarter of 2020, reports TechCrunch. The news comes courtesy of a "source familiar with the matter," and Apple's online store rollout is taking a "little longer than previously expected." Apple originally wanted to begin online sales in the...