Apple Allowed to Sell iPhone 7 in Indonesia After $44 Million R&D Investment Pledge

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    A $44 million investment pledge in an Indonesian R&D center has paved the way for Apple to be able to sell the iPhone 7 in the country, according to one of the country's senior government officials.

    A director-general overseeing electronics told Reuters that as a result of the three-year investment commitment, Apple had received a "local content certification" last month which would allow it to sell iPhones throughout Indonesia.

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    Starting from 2017, Indonesia will introduce a telecommunications policy which stipulates that all 4G handsets sold in the country must have "local content" of at least 30 percent, whether that be in terms of hardware, software or an investment commitment.

    Asked by Reuters to comment on the investment figure, Apple merely pointed to an announcement last year that it had committed to building an iOS App Development Center in the country.

    Such an R&D investment apparently fulfills the government's "local content" requirement and will help Apple make significant inroads in the Indonesian market, which is home to 250 million people and a young, tech-savvy demographic that Apple has yet to crack. In 2011, Apple was forced to shut down its online store in Indonesia because of shipping issues, and had to re-apply for permission to launch it again as part of its application to open its first retail store in the country.

    According to research firm IDC, Samsung commanded a 26 percent share of Indonesia's smartphone market by sales volume in the second quarter of 2016, trailing Oppo with 19 percent. Both own factories in the country.

    Article Link: Apple Allowed to Sell iPhone 7 in Indonesia After $44 Million R&D Investment Pledge
     
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    I was so ignorant of the population of Indonesia being 255M—more than Brazil (wtf). If someone told me they were a nation of 9M I would have believed them.
     
  3. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Money makes the mare go round. 44 million is practically chump change for Apple at this point.
     
  4. c0ppo macrumors 65816

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    Read a bit more, since Indonesia is largest (population wise) muslim country in the world ;)
     
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    I'll refer you to Carrier. Same thing happens everywhere. No one eats for free.
     
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    Such a huge market relatively untapped, it is amazing really that it has taken so long.
     
  8. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

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    Not true. It happens lots of places. However Carrier is the reverse. The people bribed them like suckers to stay not the other way around.
     
  9. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    Some of my hopes for Apple's future hinge on these being real investments in real R&D. But if these "R&D investments" are just elaborate bribes to have shell facilities with people doing basic work that won't produce real innovation, I'm afraid the parade of mediocrity will continue.

    I am hoping that somewhere in one of these new facilities in one of these growing economies Apple has invested in, there is the next young and hungry genius chomping at the bit to take Apple out of the certain level of stagnation we've been complaining about on this forum. At the very least, I hope they are able to come up with innovations that benefit their local markets.
     
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  11. M2M macrumors 6502

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    Not surprised Apple has to pay bribes there. Indonesia is quite a corrupt country (http://www.transparency.org/country#IDN) - just compare it to the UK or US.
    Having some friends who actually are from Indonesia and who has to pay a couple of $$ at the border to enter their own country without a hassle tells a story too. Also my ex-company has an office their. To keep the business running presents and dinners with local gov. officials was / is the norm.
     
  12. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    Ok, now I see it. All these Apple "R&D" centers popping up all around the world are in reality just another time honored business deal of - you gotta pay to play.
     
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    Apple is not allowed to sell their products as per the law. They can sell iPhone 7 for now but to sell iPhone 7s they will have to fulfill their commitment. Law cannot be compared to bribery. Why other countries should allow access to their markets with out investing in their country or people? Companies have to respect the law of land. We might see apple products designed in Indonesia soon. If a global economic power like US is turning protectionist it is not fair to find fault with other countries.
     
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    Let's all celebrate another successful shakedown.
     
  15. kdarling macrumors P6

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    Man, we're all missing out on the freebies!

    If first-world Apple consumers had half a brain, we'd form a collective to make Apple invest in our own cities, before we buy any more of their products.

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    Indonesia is a corrupt country. Anyone who does business there is essentially the govt's b*tch. Read up.
     
  17. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

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    Because their people want to buy stuff? Who cares what my "governement" wants, why do they decide what I can buy? Yes, Apple must honor the law. The question is why are laws designed to enrich politicians and limit citizens choices.
     
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    It is about generating employment to their people. In Indonesia there is a law called local content requirement. So if Apple has to sell their iphones they need to meet requirement.

    http://jakartaglobe.id/business/apple-sell-iphone-7-indonesia-clearing-local-content-requirement/
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    You may be right. In this scenario it is about generating employment to their people. In Indonesia there is a law called local content requirement. So if Apple has to sell their iphones they need to meet requirement.

    http://jakartaglobe.id/business/apple-sell-iphone-7-indonesia-clearing-local-content-requirement/
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    Lol!!!

    I think the best solution is to manufacture the stuff using 100% local content of that specific country and sell it in the same country.

    By following Standardized manufacturing process quality levels of the product will be consistent across the globe.

    Problem is products will be a lot cheaper in third world countries compared to first world countries due to higher labor costs. Cost of producing a product using 100% local content in a first world country will be 300-400% more expensive in majority of the cases compared to a third world country. so if a person from third world country buys a product for $100 same product will be available for $400 in the first world country.

    Funny!!! I think protectionism can lead to this situation...
     
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    I bet my head you have yet to meet an Indonesian government official. Laws over there are made by, and made for the so-called "Indonesian Elite". There are bribes to be paid, the nephew will sell the land plot, the research building will be built by a lawmaker's brother who happens to own a contractor, his sister can help with facilitating the permits.

    Being good for the people, is just a small annoying side effect and will be reversed whenever possible.
     
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    Designed in Indonesia.
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    Profit in Ireland (exact location unknown).
     
  21. furi0usbee macrumors 68000

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    So TRUE!!!!!!!!! How does $44mil in R&D investment equate to 30% of "local content." Apple only cares about making $$$ at this point anyway. I don't really care one way or the other.
     
  22. I7guy macrumors Core

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    That's not the way it works though. Innovation centers in muilti national companies don't benefit the local product directly.

    i don't think Apple is stagnant they produce products I want. Apple Old timers Have a differing opinion.
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    Well behind providing a service every company should care about making $$$.
     
  23. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    Mac pros. That's definitely stagnated.
     
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    I think desktop innovation in the computer era these days is tough. How much faster or more powerful are they going to make these things yoy!
     
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    Ahead Warp Factor 8! :D
     

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