Technology Trial Assembly of Apple iPhones Commences from May in India.

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    Apple's Make in India plan in motion, trial assembly to commence from May.
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    Apple will start assembling smartphones in India from next month. To get the things rolling, the company will start the ‘trial assembly’ of iPhones sometime in May at its Bengaluru facility which is run by Wistron.
    Apple has been seeking financial concessions and 15-year tax exemptions on imports of components and other equipments from the Indian government. The company has also asked the government to wave off the local sourcing norms for setting up its retail stores here. Karnataka state government is also said to be pursuing Apple's request for concessions with the Centre.

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    The report comes from Economic Times which claims that Apple officials have confirmed to start the first phase of production next month. If you are not aware, Wistron is Apple’s original design manufacturer who will operate Apple's first facility set up in Peenya, West Bengaluru. There is no official confirmation from Apple as to which iPhone will be the first one one to go in the production but recent rumours claimed that it could be iPhones 6 and 6s instead of iPhone SE.

    With growth stabilising in the most major markets, Apple has identified India as its next big opportunity. The company has been lobbying for additional concessions apart form what the country's foreign investment policy allows. Now it seems Apple will continue to seek exemptions but not stall its proposed local assembly plans.

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    With every update, Apple’s plan to manufacture in India is one step closer to reality. Apple manufacturing iPhones in India will surely result in a dip in pricing even without any special tax exemptions. The current customs duty imposed on smartphones is about 12.5 percent which, if removed, will dip the price by Rs 10,000. Also, we can expect Apple to start selling Make-in-India iPhones sometime by end of this year.

    There is no official confirmation from Apple as to which iPhone will be the first one o go in the production but recent rumours claimed that it could be iPhones 6 and 6s instead of iPhone SE.



     


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