“There’s definitely interest,” said an unnamed source. “When Tim Cook was here, the government raised the issue of making in India. It is after that that Apple started thinking of doing something in India which is long term.” India is now good market, like Moto E3 Power which will launch here soon.
The company, news came, has sought for government approval for the make in India of iPhone. They are also seeking permission to operate in the branded stores in India. But they re continuously stymied by foreign direct investment trade policies. India trade law demands single-brand stores at least 30 percent of good trading policies from domestic suppliers. Apple would have to grant an exemption. There have been numerous reports indicating members of the Indian government, including the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All are willing to work with Apple on a potential resolution. But their official agreement has not yet been announced. In August, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman charged Apple’s application to re-evaluate it for exemption.
Expecting that Apple’s presence will value the region, the CEO Tim Cook has visited India in May. There the whole team met the telecommunications companies to discuss over the Apple’s partnerships. The meeting were short. Before the end of it, Apple has announced plan to open a Maps development center in Hyderabad. Samsung Galaxy C9 was also a grand success.
Indian market shows a huge possibility to the Apple company. The selling plateau will get a wider platform in Indian market, obviously.Previously, iPhone market was slow to catch in the developing market. Research of Strategy Analytics of last month show that Apple’s share of the Indian smartphone market fell 35 percent year-over-year to 2.4 percent during the quarter ending in June. Google’s Android, by contrast, owned 97.1 percent of the market.
Despite Android’s overwhelming domination of India’s existing consumer base, Apple appears adamant to push into the region banking on its “quality over quantity” mantra. When visiting in May, Cook said Apple is working to bring its entire product line to Indian customers. Nokia also tried its hand in Android.
“We are in India for the next thousand years,” Cook said at the time. “Our horizon is very long. We are focused on best, not most. So it doesn’t bother me that we don’t have top market share.”
Apple badly needs to boost the selling market in India as the US and China market are slowing. But it also has plants in Asia, Europe, Brazil and Mexico which together assemble about 40 per cent of all consumer electronics products sold globally. It has 12 factories in nine Chinese cities, the most in any country.
The Maharastra government has already been active in getting the Foxconn toopen up plans in India for iPhones. A the news appears, In May 2015, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the Foxconn facilities in Henan province in China, and began talks of a possible plant in Maharashtra.
In May, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cook have discussed the retailing and making of iPhones on India. If it does happen it will be a tremendously perfect step of honorable P.M. Narendra Modi. He has already taken such step in Digital India to make the country better and special in the International market. Yet, no confirmation has not come from either Apple or Foxconn in building iPhones in India.