First Indian Apple store will open in Mumbai mall

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Apple's first Indian Apple Store will be located in Mumbai mall
Apple will no longer have to make do with selling through resellers.
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Apple has reportedly selected the location for its first Apple Store in India. The store will be located in Maker Maxity mall in Mumbai, India’s most populous city with a population of around 18 million.

Cupertino is aiming for a September 2020 opening for the Mumbai Apple store. That’s around the time Apple should release the next-gen iPhone.

Immediate reaction to iPhone 11 muted in India and China

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iPhone 11 may not be the handsets which turn things around for Apple in China and India.
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Immediate reactions to the iPhone 11 in China and India have been somewhat muted, initial analyst and social media comments suggest.

While the handsets have yet to go on sale, it hints that this year’s refresh may not be game-changers in the world’s two most populated markets.

Small increase in iPhone’s tiny Indian market share could bring in billions

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A small increase in a market of 1.3 billion people sure adds up.
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Apple’s current share of the smartphone market in India is just 1%. But if Apple could somehow raise that to 4% it would bring in approximately $4.6 billion in extra revenue — alongside earnings upside of 65 cents per share.

That’s according to Evercore IMI analyst Amit Daryanani. And Daryanani thinks Apple may be able to do it, too.

Apple looks forward to ‘welcoming customers’ to India’s first Apple Store

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Apple's first Indian Apple Store will be located in Mumbai mall
What "Apple Stores" currently look like in India.
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Apple is getting excited at the prospect of opening its long-awaited first retail store in India.

“We appreciate the support and hard work by Prime Minister Modi and his team to make this possible and we look forward to one day welcoming customers to India’s first Apple retail store,” Apple said in a statement Thursday.

Apple could finally begin direct iPhone sales in India this fall

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Right now, buying an iPhone in India requires going through a third-party retailer. Not for much longer, though.
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Apple may have finally succeeded in its long, long quest to be allowed to sell its products directly in India. Until now, the company has been forced to go through third-party resellers, but the Indian government today changed the rule that was hobbling Apple.

Being able to deal directly with the public might increase Apple’s poor sales of iPhones in this huge market.

Apple’s smart moves start to pay off in India

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Apple is working to lower hefty iPhone prices in India, which are sometimes higher than US prices.
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Apple has a slender percentage of Indian handset sales, but there’s cause for optimism. We spoke with Anshika Jain, an analyst at Counterpoint Research, to see whether the changes Apple has been making to its business practices in India started to bear fruit during the second quarter of this year, and what they might mean for the future.

Netflix’s new $3 streaming plan probably won’t work for you

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75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)
The cheapest Netflix subscription in the world is only for India’s 1.3 billion residents.
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A Netflix subscription that costs less than $3 a month sounds like a dream come true, but there are some caveats. Video can only be streamed to a single iPhone, iPad or other mobile device, and that device has to be in India.

This super-low tier was created to appeal to the huge potential market in that country.

Apple pushes to make India its manufacturing hub

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Apple's "Made in India" initiative.
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Apple is petitioning the Indian government to rethink its policies regarding manufacturing. The move comes as Apple looks to lessen its reliance on China as a manufacturing base.

According to a new report, Apple is pushing for the Indian government to adopt reduced import duties. These would cover components that would later be re-exported.

Apple stops selling cheaper iPhones in India

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Apple is changing up its strategy in India.
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Apple has stopped selling its cheaper iPhones in India, driving up the price of an “entry-level” iPhone in the process.

A new report notes that Apple has stopped selling the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 6s Plus. This is part of a change of strategy on Apple’s part.