- Apple in an official statement sent to several media houses has also confirmed that the company has begun the initial production of a small number of iPhone SE units.
- Going by the previous reports, the company is likely to sell the devices only in India, which means we won't be an export hub anytime soon.
An Indian Express report claims that the devices will be sold only in Karnataka, for now. As per report, users won't have to wait too long as the first batch of devices may be released this month.
So, Bengaluru users will finally get their hands on 'Made in India' iPhones, specifically the iPhone SE to begin with. In March, Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge had said, "Assembling and making of iPhones in Bengaluru will boost Apple's chances of gaining a foothold in the fast growing Indian market because it will allow the company to lower prices”.
It's been a while that we've been hearing about Apple's Make in India plans. Bengaluru is excited about the company's plans to start assembling here, especially considering the flip-flop about Apple's demands getting a nod from the government.
Let’s get this straight first – these companies will be assembling the devices in India, and not building. We can’t per se manufacture a device in India because we don’t have the infrastructure or ecosystem to do so, yet. ‘Make in India’ and ‘manufacture in India’ are two very different things at the moment.
It is known that Apple wants to bring its component manufacturers to India , however, it is looking for tax concessions. The Indian government has rejected most of the demands, according to Gadgets360. Apple has asked for concessions in local sourcing, easy labelling and other tax exemptions to start manufacturing in the country. India has attracted investment from over 37 mobile manufacturing companies.
We've reached out to Apple and awaiting response.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:05 PM IST