Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government

Apple to set up iPhone manufacturing unit in Bengaluru executives meet State

The Apple's representatives including Priya Balasubramaniam, VP iPhone operations, Ali Khanafer, head of government affairs, Dheeraj Chugh, director, iPhone operations, and Priyesh Povanna, country counsel held a meeting with officials and ministers of the state government to discuss about the initiatives in manufacturing and possible collaborations.

"Apple's intentions to manufacture in Bengaluru will foster cutting edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development in the state, which are critical for India to compete globally", the government of the Indian state of Karnataka said in a statement.

"Apple Inc., will not come on board immediately until it completes the ongoing negotiations with the government of India", said a top government official.

Earlier this week, Apple reported its first rise in sales in nine months after strong Christmas sales of the iPhone 7.

Moreover, recent moves made by the tech mammoth indicate that it is making efforts to position itself as a dominant force in the smartphone industry.

The company shipped 2.5 million iPhones into the country in 2016. Currently, there is no information if other products from the company are going to be manufactured in India, but we'll update you in due time.

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The Cupertino-based company reportedly gave the Indian government a list of demands prior to the announcement, including a 15-year tax holiday on imports.

Any final decision on manufacturing in India is, however, likely to depend on the government's willingness to concede ground on the concessions Apple seeks.

Watch this space for latest news on Apple products. "In the longer term, it's a great move", Cook said this week. Read our full report on the same here. Recently, Apple also argued government release some norms of 30 percent.

Apple will soon after launch Apple owned and operated Apple Stores in several major metropolitan cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Ahmadabad. Apple was then asked to send its consent to this proposal, but has not yet responded on the same.

"I feel really good about how we're doing [in India]", Apple CEO Tim Cook said on an earnings call this week after reporting record revenues for the country.

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