Apple plans to start production of iPhone in India

Apple is discussing with Indian authorities the possibility of launching its production in the country. About it writes The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the leadership of India.

In a letter sent to the government, Apple announced their plans, later, this issue was discussed by the representatives of the Ministry of Commerce of India. The company is in talks about investments in the construction of production facilities for Assembly of parts.

By and large, the project is beneficial for all: India receives a huge number of new jobs, “Apple” giant – new production facilities and subsidies for business and the opportunity to strengthen positions in one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. Now, the company owns a share of less than 5% of the Indian smartphone market. According to IDC, in 2017 India will surpass the US and become the second largest after China’s mobile market.

Earlier, the Minister of communications and information technology of India Ravi Shankar Prasad met with the leadership of the office Apple in EMEA. During the meeting, they discussed the possibility of building in India research laboratory Apple, like those that the company has in England, Israel and China.

How successful will be the beginnings of Apple in India, it is difficult to predict. Last year CEO Tim cook has visited the country on an official visit, but was unable to get permission to sale in India refurbished iPhone. The government officially denied to the American manufacturer in the implementation of such devices.

According to the Indian government permission to import refurbished iPhone would flood the market with “e-waste” disposal problem which is already acute in India. In addition, such a step would be contrary to the strategy to support local production, creating jobs.

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