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Bloomberg: Apple to Open India Online Store Next Month

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Apple is preparing to open its first online store in India next month, according to a new report today from Bloomberg.

Apple Inc. is poised to open an online store for the first time in the fast-growing smartphone market of India next month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, taking advantage of a relaxation of once-strict prohibitions against foreign direct retail.

The online store will be ready for operations just ahead of the festive Dussehra-Diwali spending season, according to the person, who asked not to be named discussing confidential plans.
Sales of Apple products have long been limited to third-party resellers in India, because of restrictions on foreign companies that require them to source 30 percent of production locally.

In August 2019, India eased these rules keeping Apple from offering its products in first-party stores and an online Apple Store. Apple had originally intended to start online sales within months of the rule change, but the global health crisis reportedly scuppered those plans.

TechCrunch first reported in January that Apple would open an online Apple Store in India to start official direct sales of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more in the country starting in the third quarter of 2020.

With the rules changed, Apple is also set to begin opening up retail stores in India in the future and already has retail locations in the works. A new store in Mumbai is in development and is set to open next year. Meanwhile, Bloomberg says that Apple has already scouted a location for its second India store, located in Bangalore near Minsk Square.

Even prior to the rule change, Apple was working with the Indian government to get permission to open up stores in India. Over the course of the last few years, Apple started manufacturing some lower-cost ‌iPhone‌ models in India to meet local investment requirements, and has recently started assembling the iPhone SE and the iPhone 11 in the country through manufacturing partners Wistron and Foxconn, respectively.

Apple devices have had low penetration among India's 1.3 billion population due to high costs from import tariffs, making them limited to buyers the high-end premium market. The rule changes will make Apple devices more affordable to Indian consumers and should therefore see Apple grow its footprint in the country.

Article Link: Bloomberg: Apple to Open India Online Store Next Month
 
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mobi-logic

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So Finally I could get the custom configuration and not the base configuration for all Mac line of products. Its frustrating when you pay $2700 for MBP and ready to pay extra $400 for RAM or storage but Apple didnt gave that option till now. Looking forward for online store opening.
 
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vseera

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Yup, looking forward to custom configurations too! Although till they get their pricing strategy sorted out, it'll still be cheaper to fly to Hong Kong etc. and have a short holiday and buy stuff.
 
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Schranke

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This is interesting. My mom is currently stuck in India to to no flights out. She is in need of a new Mac, this might be a good opportunity to get on.
 
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Ramchi

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hope aapl india market will grow
hope iphone mfg in india does well
If the rumours I am hearing about cost of iPhone 12 in India is true (cheaper than iPhone 11 which was cheaper than iPhone XR) which seems to be cheaper than the OnePlus 8 Pro 12 GB/256 GB variant then Apple can really pull enormous trick in the market. But they need to remember that already the cheapest SE models are at the tip of the price barrier for the most common man in the country. Right now they are probably less than 1% in the domestic market.
 
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techish

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Now when is India getting iBooks store, Apple Pay, Apple Care+, Apple Card & good quality maps? Hope refurbished store & educational discounts too will be offered over online store…
 
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Aditya rathee

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So now i will be able to order apple products from apple store app from my ipad ... great cos i remember i was not able to get apple lightning to usb 3 adapter easily ... had to ask one of relatives to buy that when they were in usa from a meeting ... what a relief
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So now i will be able to order apple products from apple store app from my ipad ... great cos i remember i was not able to get apple lightning to usb 3 adapter easily ... had to ask one of relatives to buy that when they were in usa from a meeting ... what a relief
 
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Madhava

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Now when is India getting iBooks store, Apple Pay, Apple Care+, Apple Card & good quality maps? Hope refurbished store & educational discounts too will be offered over online store…

Hopefully in the next 10 years :rolleyes:

Finally we get the online store at least.
This has been a very long wait.
 
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Oblivious.Robot

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Finally, would be interesting to actually place order for when I upgrade the iPhone this year directly from Apples own website instead of Amazon or Flipkart.

Better late than never, saving up for Diwali.
 
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markiv810

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There have been store of various companies like OnePlus, HP, Dell etc in India for quite some time. Apple chose to partner with companies like Reliance etc rather than invest directly in to the Indian market. Also Apple should give the Indian buyer a choice for BTO (CTO) so that the Indian consumer also can configure (upgrade) laptop and desktop configuration. HP, Dell and Lenevo already let the Indian consumer customise desktop/laptop configuration online.
 
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Ramchi

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There have been store of various companies like OnePlus, HP, Dell etc in India for quite some time. Apple chose to partner with companies like Reliance etc rather than invest directly in to the Indian market. Also Apple should give the Indian buyer a choice for BTO (CTO) so that the Indian consumer also can configure (upgrade) laptop and desktop configuration. HP, Dell and Lenevo already let the Indian consumer customise desktop/laptop configuration online.
With all OEMs Configure to build in India is nowhere near what is available in corresponding USA market. You definitely need volume to have such facilities and it will make the already expensive product even more expensive.
 
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markiv810

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With all OEMs Configure to build in India is nowhere near what is available in corresponding USA market. You definitely need volume to have such facilities and it will make the already expensive product even more expensive.

Lets see what strategy Apple has for India, time will tell.
 
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