It s no longer a secret that Apple is going to assemble its iPhones in India. A new report suggests that Apple s partner Wistron could start trial assembly of iPhones at its Bengaluru facility as early as next month. Also Read - Common marketing gimmicks that brands should avoid to exploit consumersAlso Read - Apple MacBook Pro users report different issues with the SD card reader
Currently, Apple is in talks with the government to get tax and duty concessions in order to start full-fledged manufacturing of iPhones in India. Its demands also include a waiver of countervailing duty (CVD) on the import of components that go into the making of iPhones. The company also reportedly wants duty exemptions on the products to be bought from special economic zones (SEZs). ET, however, quotes an official saying that Apple s application hasn t made much headway after passing through key ministries such as commerce, technology, and finance. Also Read - Apple in tussle with Russian govt over App Store payment options
That said, Karnataka s IT minister has reportedly asked the Centre to do its part in encouraging high-end manufacturing. The publication further claims that regardless of what the government decides, Wistron will go ahead with its plans to start assembling iPhones in India.
As per the report, the Karnataka government is also pushing Apple to bring its entire component-making ecosystem to India. This would also enable the company to export its products to other countries. For this, Apple is expected to set up a second manufacturing plant in the near future. ALSO READ: Apple manufacturing plant in India to benefit overall smartphone industry: Google official
Once it starts, India will become the third country to assemble iPhones. It is quite clear from Apple s efforts how important the Indian market is for the company. During the last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook reiterated that India was the place to be and also announced that the company had seen double-digit growth across segments.
Recently, a Counterpoint report revealed that Apple had shipped 2.5 million iPhones in India in 2016, making their highest ever. While Apple is at 10th position in the overall Indian smartphone market, but it is leading the premium segment — Rs 30,000 and above — with a 62 percent market share.