Apple has several big plans for India. It recently commenced assembling iPhone SE in India. Apple Stores, however, have remained one of the much anticipated things that Apple is supposed to bring in India. While we have been hearing about these stores for a while, the company hasn t shared any time-frame for the formal launch. Now, a new report says that the Apple Stores in India will not be a reality anytime sooner. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to IndiaAlso Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
According to Economic Times, Apple Stores will open in India not before 2020. One of the main reasons behind the delay is that the company is facing space constraints in major metro cities. Apple is said to be looking at large spaces to the tune of 10,000-15,000 square feet in prime locations or in a mall in Delhi and Mumbai. The giant is looking at first establishing a store in Delhi followed soon by Mumbai and then in other regions of the country. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
However, both Delhi and Mumbai face a severe space crunch and getting a space as large as 15,000 sq. ft. is proving to be a major task. Apple is looking at replicating the all-glass design of the New York 5th Avenue stores in India – with similar interiors and exteriors. The stores will be the largest single-brand stores in the country. ALSO READ: Apple’s new MacBooks, iMacs and iPads to go on sale in India today; here’s everything you need to know
Apple’s stores in other parts of the world are not very large with the standard size being 8,500 sq. However, Apple is looking to make a strong impression with stores in India that will be nearly double in size than its Apple Store in other regions. Apple will also restrict the number of outlets in the country and not expand to Tier II cities.
While plans for the physical stores has been delayed, Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch its online store in India. Apple currently partners with e-commerce portals like Flipkart and Amazon India for the sale of iPhones and other Apple products. Setting up an online Apple store is likely to be easier as it does not require the FDI clearance from the Indian government. The online store will ship devices directly. Once Apple commences production of other smartphones in the country, the online store will slowly expand to include those smartphones.