More evidence that Apple plans to make iPhones in India

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Designed in California, made in India.
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Apple is reportedly planning to start manufacturing its iPhones in India, and — right on cue — a new report claims that Apple supplier Wistron has applied for fast-tracked approval to expand its factory in the Indian city of Bengaluru.

“Wistron has approached us to expedite certain clearances with regards to the augmentation and expansion of its existing unit,” said a high-ranking regional government official, who declined to be identified.

Apple wants Indian government to relax product labelling

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There is another sticking point in Apple's India expansion.
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Apple has a new demand for the Indian government as it barters about stepping up its investment in the country: getting rid of the detailed product information it is asked to print onto its devices — thereby cluttering its minimalist design.

Apple recently made the request to the country’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), which forwarded the message to the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY) for consideration. No response has yet been issued.

Apple wants India to make local manufacturing worthwhile

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Apple wants to move some of its manufacturing to India.
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Apple is continuing to consider manufacturing its devices in India — but it wants the Indian government to make it worthwhile.

That’s according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, which notes that Apple recently outlined its wish for financial incentives in a letter to officials in India, and that the country’s Senior Trade Ministry authorities have since met to discuss the matter.

Apple smashes Samsung in India’s high-end smartphone market

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Apple is dominating high-end sales in India.
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The iPhone 7 may cost half the average annual salary in India, but that’s not stopping it from trouncing rival Samsung when it comes to premium smartphone marketshare in the country.

While Samsung garnered just 23 percent of the Rs 30,000 and up ($437-plus) market last month, Apple almost tripled this with a 66 percent share of high-end smartphone unit sales. Google’s new Pixel smartphone slid into third place with 10 percent of the market.

Apple gets one step closer to iPhones made in India

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Designed in California, made in India. Maybe.
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Apple has “sought incentives” to set up a manufacturing facility in India, according to a new report.

Apple reportedly made its case to the country’s Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY).

What to expect from Apple earnings call Q4 2016

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Apple will reveal Q4 2016 earnings on October 25.
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During tomorrow’s Apple earnings call, Tim Cook is likely to unload some bad news. Wall Street expects Apple to report its first annual revenue decline since 2001, snapping one of the most impressive streaks ever witnessed.

Slumping iPhone sales mean Apple’s annual revenue could drop to $215.67 billion for 2016. That would be a significant decline from the $233.72 billion in revenue Apple posted in 2015 — but there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

iPhone 7 goes on sale in India, costs half the average annual salary

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Would you pay the equivalent of $28,000 for an iPhone?
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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went on sale in India today, as Apple continues to try and grow its brand in the country.

It’s going to be a challenge, though, as Gartner research vice president Mark Hung told CNBC’s “Street Signs” — given that the price for the new handset is more than the average Indian citizen earns in six months.

Apple clashes with Indian government over iPhone security demands

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Apple's hit another big roadblock in India.
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Apple is trying its darndest to grow its brand in India but, just like Apple’s troubles in China, it seems to be running into problems with the government.

According to a new report, the Indian government is currently trying to force foreign smartphone makers — Apple included — to bake in Indian-developed biometric technology, designed to allow users to access a range of public and private services, such as banking.

And Apple’s none too happy about it!

Apple opening an app development center in India

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Apple is continuing its Indian drive.
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Apple plans to open a new high-end app development center in Bengaluru, India, according to a new report, citing people familiar with the company’s plans.

The report claims that Apple has already come to terms concerning a 40,000 square foot office space, spread across two floors. It is likely that this space will house around 300 people, and will open in early 2017.

India may finally be about to get its own Apple Stores

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Apple may finally get the chance to open major Apple Stores in India.
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It’s been a long time coming, but from the sound of things India is finally about to get its first official Apple Store, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple’s biggest supporter? None other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to grant the company a three-year exemption to India’s rules about foreign single-brand retailers sourcing a significant portion of their products from India.