iPhone chipmaker will decide on U.S. plant in 2018

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TSMC is one of Apple's biggest partners.
TSMC is one of Apple's biggest partners.
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Apple’s favorite chipmaker in Asia may be ready to move to the United States next year.

TSMC — the world’s largest contract chipmaker, and sole supplier of the A10 Fusion processor that powers the iPhone 7 — says it is weighing the benefits of setting up shop in the U.S. under President Donald Trump.

Apple’s move into India ‘almost a done deal’

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iPhones will soon be made in India.
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Apple is close to finalizing its negotiations with the Indian government over a local manufacturing facility, according to a new report.

The company confirmed on Wednesday that it had enjoyed a “constructive” meeting with Indian officials after issuing a list of demands for its move. Now a source with knowledge of the matter says “it’s almost a done deal.”

Apple has ‘constructive’ meeting with India over local factory

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Apple's plans to set up shop in India are slowly but surely moving forward.
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Apple has confirmed it has had a “constructive” meeting with the Indian government over plans to open a local manufacturing facility.

Its statement comes less than a week after the company issued a list of demands that included lengthy tax breaks and a waiver on customs duties.

India won’t rule out Apple manufacturing incentives

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Will 2017 be the year we finally get iPhones that are designed in California, made in India?
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Indian officials are reportedly keeping an “open mind” with regards to Apple’s demands in return for considering producing iPhones in the country.

“We will very much like Apple to come and have a base in India,” Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters earlier today.

Apple to switch up its manufacturing process for iPhone 8

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Apple's making big changes for an all-new iPhone 8.
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Apple will adopt a new manufacturing process to deliver an all-new form factor for iPhone 8, according to a new report. The next-generation Apple smartphone will use a stainless steel forging process for its metal frame as opposed to traditional CNC machining.

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.