Apple ramps up efforts to promote coding to kids in India

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Apple has been focusing increasingly on the Indian market.
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Apple is ramping up its efforts to promote coding in India, one of its biggest untapped markets.

According to a new report, Apple is actively nurturing young talented coders in schools and colleges across India. These Apple Distinguished Schools teach curriculums based around Swift app development.

Apple promotes ‘incredible’ iPhone 6s units made in India

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The iPhone 6s is important to Apple in emerging markets.
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The iPhone 6s is still alive and well in some markets — one of which is India, where the 2015 flagship is now being manufactured.

Apple is using this to sell the handset to locals. India has become an increasingly important market for the company as smartphone growth in other areas slows to a crawl.

Apple finalizing locations for proposed India retail flagship

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Apple could finally be getting its India flagship store.
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Whether Apple will ever open an official flagship retail store in India is the greatest “will they, won’t they” off-and-on relationship since Pam and Jim in The Office.

From the sound of things, things are back in the “it’s happening” category. According to a new report, Apple has finalized a short list of locations for its first Apple Store in the country.

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TikTok has amassed more than 1 billion downloads around the world.
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TikTok has come under fire in India.
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Foxconn will start building iPhones in India in July

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Foxconn is looking to India as a location to build iPhones.
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Foxconn will reportedly start building iPhone X-series handsets in India in July, a new report claims. Other newer handsets could also follow in the future.

The handsets will be built at the company’s 160-acre factory in Chennai. “The plans are to step up production capacity and diversify to even higher models going forward,” a source with knowledge of Foxconn’s plans is quoted as saying.

Apple slashes price of iPhone XR in India

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The iPhone XR is now (a bit) cheaper in India.
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India is cutting the price of the iPhone XR by up to 22 percent in an attempt to boost sales.

Apple has long wanted to make meaningful inroads into India with its potential customer base of 1.3 billion people. However, this is the first time that it been willing to reduce the selling price of one of its latest iPhones in order to do so.

Foxconn gears up to make flagship iPhones in India

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Foxconn is reportedly “within weeks” of starting trial production of the iPhone XS in India, Bloomberg reports.

Manufacturing will take place at a Foxconn factory in the southern city of Chennai. Rival manufacturer Wistron already makes the iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and — now — the iPhone 7 at its own facility in Bangalore.

Apple is now building the iPhone 7 in India

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The iPhone 7 originally launched in 2016.
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Apple supplier Wistron has started manufacturing iPhone 7 handsets in India. This is the third model iPhone to be made in the country, following the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s.

“We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers, furthering our long-term commitment in India,” Apple told the Economic Times newspaper.