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Apple begins adding 5G to iPhone in India next week

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iPhone users in India don't have to wait much longer for 5G.
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5G service launched in India in October, but no iPhone supports the high-speed wireless networking standard… yet. Apple plans to change that in December.

And those who are part of the iOS beta program can get access even earlier.

First look at Shantaram on Apple TV+ shows thrills and romance in 1980s Bombay

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“Shantaram” is a new Apple Original drama series starring Charlie Hunnam.
“Shantaram” is a new Apple Original drama series starring Charlie Hunnam.
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Apple TV+ offered a first look at upcoming drama series Shantaram this week in the form of a photo of star Charlie Hunnam (Son of Anarchy) in character, plus a rundown of the cast and plot of the adventure-romance, set to premiere October 14.

And speaking of drama and adventure, the production ran into big trouble on the way to becoming a reality.

Apple steps up iPhone assembly in India

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Workers are already assembling iPhones in Indio.
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Foxconn will begin shipping the iPhone 14 from its assembly plant in India almost as soon as its Chinese plant starts shipping Apple’s next smartphone, according to an industry analyst. This is apparently a sign that Apple is decreasing its dependence on China.

And Foxconn is reportedly building up its assembly capacity in India.

The long wait for India’s first Apple store continues

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Apple sells directly to consumers in India through its website, but still hasn't managed to open its landmark retail store in the country.
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The first Apple store in India won’t open until 2023. Apple has been trying to open the retail location since 2019, but it’s been beset with delays.

The Mumbai store is supposed to be part of an important shift in the way the company does business in India. Another store in the country is also on the way.

$135,000 of smuggled iPhones seized by Customs in India

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The iPhones seized at Customs.
Photo: Hyderabad Customs

Customs officials have seized around 80 iPhones being smuggled through Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India. The devices included various iPhone 12 models, including the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. They also arrested two passengers who owned the checked-in luggage, and another person reportedly involved in the smuggling.

The smuggling was almost certainly to avoid paying import duty on the devices. Import duties on the iPhone in India were increased from 10 to 15% in late 2017.

Apple Music Lossless is coming to India, likely for the same $1.35 a month

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Apple Music Spatial Audio could debut on Monday
Coming soon to one of the world's biggest market.
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Apple has confirmed that its Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio features will be coming to India. The features debuted elsewhere for users in May at no added cost.

Apple’s Support Twitter page notes that “We appreciate your interest. Dolby Atmos on Apple Music will be coming to India soon. Keep an eye out here.” Meanwhile, the Apple Music page for India also makes mention of the feature. No official launch date has yet been announced.

iPhone faces production problems in India as COVID cases soar

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India has been hit hard by coronavirus pandemic.
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Production on iPhones made in India has hit a major hurdle as coronavirus cases have surged in the country. More than 50% of one Foxconn factory’s production capacity has reportedly been cut.

India has seen its number of coronavirus cases ramping up significantly in April. To date, there have been 22.9 million confirmed cases of COVID in India, while 249,992 people have reportedly died. However, the actual numbers are thought to be even higher.