After filing an application to setup online and offline Apple Stores in India, the Cupertino-based company has now applied for permission to sell refurbished iPhones in the country. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for itAlso Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
“Apple would like to seek the government s approval to import and sell its certified pre-owned (CPO) iPhones in India; manufacture and sell its certified pre-owned iPhones in India,” the company said in an application filed on December 7 Indian Express reports. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Apple mentions that refurbished iPhones are not second hand devices but are sent back to Apple’s manufacturing partners that will put the units through standard quality tests and replace components. The units will have a new serial number as well as a new IMEI number too. These units will come with standard one-year warranties.
Apart from importing refurbished iPhones from China, Apple is also seeking permission to import used iPhones and refurbish them in India itself. It should be noted that Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is already active in India with a manufacturing unit in Telangana and has plans to open multiple manufacturing units in the country as a part of the Indian government’s Make in India initiative. Apple CEO Tim Cook had also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his US visit last year.
In a price conscious market like India, refurbished iPhones could be a huge hit among people who either cannot afford a new iPhone, or those looking to replace their low-end iPhone with a more current model. India is one of the fastest growing markets for Apple, a fact Cook highlighted during the company’s quarterly earnings call earlier this month. According to analysts, Apple shipped a record 800,000 iPhone units in the last quarter of 2015.
Apple is said to have filed a similar application in 2015 to import up to 2.5 lakh iPads and sell them in the country as refurbished. But the company’s application was rejected by the Environment Ministry s Technical Review Committee (TRC), which felt that these would only add to India’s e-waste.
The company has however responded saying that despite popular belief that refurbished smartphones only last a year, “Apple designs durable products that last for many years. Designing durable mobile phones helps reduce electronic waste.