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iPhone Assembler Pegatron Reportedly Readies $150m Investment in India

Monday November 23, 2020 4:10 am PST by
Apple assembly partner Pegatron's board of directors is said to have approved a proposal to spend $150 million to build a manufacturing plant in India. The new facility is expected to begin production in the second half of next year or in early 2022, with more investments planned in the country over the next two years, reported India's Economic Times, citing unnamed executives. Pegatron,...

Apple Offering Free AirPods With iPhone 11 Purchase in India as Part of Diwali Celebration

Friday October 16, 2020 1:35 pm PDT by
Apple today launched a new Diwali promotion in India that will see the company providing customers with a set of AirPods with the purchase of any iPhone 11 model. The new iPhone 12 models are not part of the promotion. Apple is offering the standard ‌AirPods‌ With Charging Case free with purchase, but customers can choose to upgrade to the ‌AirPods‌ with Wireless Charging Case or the AirPods ...

Apple Offering Free AirPods With iPhone 11 Purchase on Indian Online Store Beginning October 17

Sunday October 11, 2020 10:40 am PDT by
Apple will be offering customers of its newly launched Indian online store free AirPods with an iPhone 11 purchase beginning on October 17. Apple has yet to publish full details about its Diwali offer, and the promotion's end date is unknown at the current time. Though not explicitly specified, it is likely that the company will extend the offer to iPhone 11 Pro purchases as well. Launche...

Apple's Online Store Launches in India

Wednesday September 23, 2020 12:10 am PDT by
After announcing last week that it would be launching its online store in India on September 23, the store has now gone live, opening up direct sales for Apple in a largely untapped market with significant growth potential. As in other countries, Apple's Indian online store offers a full range of Apple products and accessories, with shopping assistance from Apple Specialists, free no-contact ...

Apple Bringing Online Store to India on September 23

Thursday September 17, 2020 7:42 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 8:40 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 4:42 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 8:53 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 9:13 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 5:21 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 10:02 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 3:33 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 10:20 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 4:49 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 7:32 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 5:13 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 10:43 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 2:45 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 5:59 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 8:22 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 ...