Apple products have a repair shop problem in India

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Apple has to rely on third-party repair shops in the country.
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Apple has another potential problem in India: the sub-par repair options available for its products.

According to a new report, Apple’s authorized repair shops in the country are disappointing to say the least. That’s especially bad for a company which is well known for providing some of the best customer service around.

India’s decision to defer manufacturing tariffs could help Apple

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Designed in California. Made in India.
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More and more Apple suppliers are considering building devices in India, and a new concession might make that possibility even more plausible.

According to a new report, India has deferred a plan which would have introduced tax on touch panel imports. These tariffs were supposed to be introduced in February, but have supposedly been delayed until at least April 2020. This follows lobbying from smartphone makers.

Another iPhone supplier considering India manufacturing

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Another iPhone manufacturer is looking at moving beyond China.
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According to the Financial Times, Apple manufacturer Pegatron is planning to build new production lines in India, Vietnam and India. Pegatron accounts for around 30 percent of Apple’s assembly orders.

It follows on from news suggesting that fellow Apple supplier Foxconn is also considering production in India and Vietnam.

Apple wants tax incentives to boost iPhone assembly in India

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One of the first iPhones "assembled in India."
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Apple is hoping to secure new tax incentives in India that will allow it to increase local iPhone production and export more devices to be sold in other countries.

The company has teamed up with other large names in the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) to propose a raise in export credits on smartphone shipments, as well as tariff cuts on imports of components and machinery.

The group argues that manufacturing growth cannot be sustained and accelerated without the changes.

Foxconn gets more serious about assembling iPhones in India

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Designed in California, built in India?
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Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly showing more interest in manufacturing iPhones in India, a new report claims.

The move would reduce Apple’s reliance on China at a time in which turbulence in the Chinese market, both from customers and potentially trade tariffs, is causing headaches in Cupertino.

Apple Maps gets turn-by-turn navigation in another key market

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Enjoy turn-by-turn navigation in India today.
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Turn-by-turn navigation in Apple Maps has expanded its reach to one of Apple’s most important markets. Users in India can finally take advantage of the feature when driving or walking.

Apple has also added the ability to book a cab through Uber or Ola from within the Maps app.

Another iPhone manufacturer is increasing investment in India

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More iPhone manufacturers are entering India.
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Wistron, one of Apple’s iPhone manufacturers, is ramping up its investment in India. According to a new report, the company has vastly increased its authorized capital expenditure in India to meet its future development plans.

This follows on from another recent report, suggesting that fellow manufacturer Foxconn is set to start building flagship iPhones in the country.

Foxconn will start building flagship iPhones in India in 2019

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Apple is ramping up its investment in India.
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Apple is expanding iPhone manufacturing in India, including building its flagship handsets, a new report claims. This will supposedly be carried out at a Foxconn plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

To accommodate the new manufacturing lines, Foxconn will invest an additional $356 million to expand the factory. At present, it builds phones for Xiaomi at the plant.

Apple will meet with Indian official to talk iPhone manufacturing

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Apple could ramp up iPhone manufacturing in India in the near future.
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Apple suppliers are already producing a limited number of iPhones in India, but Apple could be looking to ramp up this investment in the near future.

According to a new report, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is set to meet with Apple execs at next month’s Davos conference to talk manufacturing.

Apple approves India’s controversial Do Not Disturb app

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Apple and India’s government worked out their differences on an iOS app before iPhone was banned from that country.
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Apple today made an anti-spam application developed by the Indian government available on that country’s version of its App Store. The software is designed to help prevent an avalanche of commercial phone calls and texts, but Apple had previously expressed concerns that it revealed too much information about users to the government.

The version of TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb just approved appears to deal with Apple’s concerns.