By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:47
Apple products which are currently imported come with 12.5 percent of duty on it.
After recent talks with Indian Government to manufacture in India, Apple has now started the process and the first production phase might well start in April 2017. As per a report by Times of India, Wistron, one of Apple's manufacturing partner is said to be setting up a plant in Peenya, Bangalore to assemble or manufacture iPhones. Further, the report also claimed that the first round of production is all set to begin as soon as early April 2017.
Meanwhile, Foxconn which is a known partner is also reportedly looking for land in Maharastra to set up a manufacturing plant. However, one should know that Foxconn has also joined hands with OnePlus and Xiaomi, other than Apple, to start the production in India.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook met India's Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi back in May 2016 and since then Indian Government has been insisting the Cupertino-based giant to start manufacturing in India. Apart from Apple, the Central Government is also in talks with Chinese handset manufacturers like Xiaomi and OnePlus.
If all this reported above comes true, then we can somewhat assure you that smartphones from the above said manufacturers will be sold at cheaper rates in future. Apple products which are currently imported come with 12.5 percent of duty on it. With iPhones being manufactured in India, there will be a decent amount of difference in the selling price of iPhones.
Further, Apple is also in talks with the authorities to set up and spread its own branded stores and the company is reportedly seeking permission for that as well. With Apple-branded stores, the after sale service will be drastically improved as against the service currently provided by authorised dealers.