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

Wednesday March 25, 2020 4:59 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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 Joe Rossignol
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Juli Clover
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...

Apple Partner Wistron Opens Third iPhone Manufacturing Facility in India

Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:17 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's main iPhone manufacturer in India is set to significantly boost its overall production capacity, following the construction of a third plant in the country. Wistron won approval to build the new smartphone factory in March 2019 and has already completed trial production at the plant, thanks to collaborative efforts by the Taiwanese firm's local team. According to Wistron company...

Apple to Invest $1 Billion in India to Boost Export Manufacturing

Tuesday September 17, 2019 2:15 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple is set to invest $1 billion in India as it gets ready to export its "Made in India" iPhones, according to a new report out today. Times of India says Foxconn is the main investment partner in Apple's latest push in the country, with the Taiwanese assembler's factory in Chennai to be used to make Apple products for shipping to global markets. A previous report claimed as much as 70 to...

Apple Gets Green Light to Start Online Sales in India Thanks to Rule Change

Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:21 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is set to start online sales of Apple products in India "within months," according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apple has not previously been able to sell its devices in India due to foreign investment rules and regulations. India on Wednesday eased previous rules that forced foreign companies to source 30 percent of production locally, which has long blocked Apple from opening stores ...

Apple Stops Selling Lower-Cost iPhones in India

Tuesday July 16, 2019 4:35 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has reportedly stopped selling iPhone SE, ‌iPhone‌ 6, ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus, and ‌iPhone‌ 6s Plus in India, meaning anyone in the market for a new Apple smartphone will have to shell out more for a later model. According to The Economic Times, the strategy indicates Apple is no longer prioritizing shifting iPhones in the country by volume and is instead refocusing efforts on increasing its...

Apple Now Exporting Some iPhone 6s and 7 Models Made in India to Europe

Thursday July 11, 2019 5:40 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Over two years after the first iPhone SE devices were assembled in India, Apple is now exporting some India-made iPhones to European markets. The news comes from three people aware of Apple's plans, who stated that ‌iPhone‌ assembler Wistron recently began exporting some ‌iPhone‌ 6s and ‌iPhone‌ 7 models from India to Europe (via The Economic Times). The iPhones are first being built in...

Apple Finalizes List of Locations for First Retail Store in India

Wednesday May 8, 2019 3:53 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has finalized a list of locations for its first retail store in India, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg. The vetted locations are said to include several upscale sites in Mumbai that are comparable to iconic Apple stores on Fifth Avenue in New York, Regent Street in London, or the Champs-Elysees in Paris. A final decision on the plans is expected to come "in the next few...

TikTok Unbanned in India

Wednesday April 24, 2019 5:40 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Tik Tok, which was pulled from the App Store in India last week to comply with a government demand to block downloads over child safety concerns, is allowed to return to the App Store, reports Reuters. The southern state of Tamil Nadu had asked the Indian government to ban the TikTok app on the grounds that it encouraged pornography and could expose children to sexual predators, leading the...

Apple Removes Video Sharing App TikTok From Indian App Store to Comply With State Demand

Wednesday April 17, 2019 3:06 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has removed TikTok from its App Store in India to comply with a government demand to block downloads of the video sharing app over child safety concerns. TikTok, developed by China-based Bytedance Technology, lets users create and share short-form videos enhanced with digital effects, a formula that has proved a huge hit in India. The app has been downloaded more than 240 million times ...

Foxconn to Begin Production on iPhone X in India This July

Friday April 12, 2019 6:12 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Foxconn is set to begin production of the iPhone X in India this July, according to a report by The Economic Times. Production will take place at Foxconn's Chennai plant in eastern India. According to an official with knowledge of the company's plans, Foxconn hopes to step up production capacity and "diversify to even higher models going forward." Today's report sees Foxconn's plans to move...

Apple Music Subscription Prices Slashed in India

Friday April 5, 2019 2:32 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has cut the price of all Apple Music plans in India, in a move apparently aimed at fending off rival streaming services like Spotify and YouTube Music, both of which recently launched in the country within the last month. ‌Apple Music‌ is now being offered for Rs 99 ($1.43) a month, down from the earlier price of Rs 120 ($1.73). Likewise, a student membership now costs Rs 49...

Apple Cuts iPhone XR Prices in India

Thursday April 4, 2019 3:50 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has reportedly cut iPhone prices in India by around a quarter, following a similar move by the company in China. Sources who spoke to Reuters on Thursday said the price of an iPhone XR with 64GB storage has been reduced by at least 17,900 rupees ($259), taking into account a price cut and a credit card cashback campaign. "Apple is going to change their game," one of the people said,...

Apple Partner Foxconn Nears Trial Production of Latest iPhones in India

Tuesday April 2, 2019 2:49 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
iPhone assembler Foxconn is close to trialing production of Apple's latest smartphones in India, according to a new report out today from Bloomberg. The trial run of the ‌iPhone‌ X range of devices would come before Foxconn starts full-scale assembly at its factory outside the southern city of Chennai, the people said, asking not to be identified as the plans are private. Wistron Corp. already ...

Apple Partner Wistron Gets Initial Approval for New iPhone Factory in India

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:33 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's main iPhone manufacturer in India has won initial approval to build a new smartphone factory in the country. The Economic Times reports that India's IT ministry has given assent to Taiwan-based Wistron to construct the new factory, which now just needs approval from the Indian Cabinet to go ahead. Wistron will make cheaper iPhones in the new plant, reportedly beginning with the iPhone 8...

iPhone Assembler Foxconn Looks to India to Diversify Supply Chain Away From China

Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:05 am PST by Tim Hardwick
A larger portion of the world's iPhones could one day be manufactured in India, if a new report by the Wall Street Journal proves accurate. According to Tuesday's report, Apple's main iPhone assembler Foxconn is considering building production plants in India as a way to diversify its supply chain away from China, where most of the Taiwan-based firm's facilities currently reside. Executives ...