Brazilian iPads Will Be Born By December



Apple’s iPad will soon be spawning in Brazil, according to the country’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Aloizio Mercadante. Until now, the device has been produced solely by Foxconn in China, but by December Brazilian iPads will be hitting the market.

According to Brazilian website UOL, Mercadante not only spoke of Apple’s iPad, but also mentioned an investment in the video games industry:

“At first many doubted, but it will be the first time that the company will produce iPads outside Chinese territory. We are taking a big step for digital inclusion in the country.”

“The games industry has increased revenue and employs five times more than the hardware, for example. It is a factory edge that opens a promising market for Brazil.”

Producing iPads locally will be a huge benefit to Brazilian Apple fans. The devices currently suffer from huge import taxes with sometimes result in prices more than double that of the original. With local production, the cost of the iPad in Brazil is set to reduce significantly.

[via MacStories]

  • BB Caspian

    Angry Pads!

  • NoMeansNo

    Not really, because the import taxes in fact are just a excuse from the brazilian government to make people fill the pockets of their members. We are talking about the worms of the most corrupt government system in the whole world, including the parasite of Aloizio Mercadante. The brazilian made iPad like any other Apple device, will be incredibly expensive to brazilian fans as always. Apple devices here are luxury goods. And they will still be on this way, thanks to the worms of the national congress.

  • Jack McClauren

    Brazil sells them $1x – Apple buys them $2x – Apple sells them back to Brazil $20x

  • NoMeansNo

    Right on.

  • Chris

    better than paying 40x as right now

  • Eduardo Davis

    You don’t know what you are talking about. Calm down! lol

  • NoMeansNo

    If you are aware about the “tax policy” in Brazil you may know what I said is right. And, due the the fact people here are so “calm”, we are on the current situation. Do you trust in government? Right on bro, my respects and, trust me, I wish you all the best. I don’t. Simple as that.

  • NoMeansNo

    Easy resignment?!?

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    I like your use of the word ‘worms’ although leeches would work just as well.  Still, no matter how much money is siphoned off by these low-lifes, at least some Brazilians will have some employment which is certainly better than having none.

  • Victor Leal Garcia

    Hahahaaha… Well, the 3G 64Gb iPad in the US is less expensive than the 16Gb Wifi here in Brazil… I can buy a ticket just to buy an iPad in the US and i’ll expend less money than buying the most expensive iPad here.

  • Ernesto Valladares

    I live in Brazil full time and I am American… I have the luck to be able to travel to and from the USA … believe me when I tell you that prices in Brazil are ridiculous and just disrespectful to the people of Brazil ..Oil is abundant and prices are higher than anywhere else…sad…. political thieves are destroying a country that has the brightest future in South America…
    It is sad when you can buy a ticket to Miami, stay there for several days in a good hotel , buy an iPad and all that would still be cheaper than buying an ipad in a store in Brazil….

  • NoMeansNo

    Yeah… at least. In fact, everything here in Brazil is on the “at least” way.

  • impartialvoice

    I wonder who would be the official manufacturer in Brazil? Could it be a foxconn subsidiary?

  • Jack McClauren

    Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Brazil.