So finally, after some sort of doubts and rumor all around the internet, it is confirmed that Apple going to manufacture iPhone in India. Apple, Cupertino-based tech behemoth gets the green signal to manufacture iPhone in India. As per a release by the Karnataka Government, Apple will be ‘manufacturing in India’ out of a facility in Bengaluru. The release welcomes Apple’s proposal to manufacture iPhones in India and to “commence initial manufacturing operations” in the state
From taxation and pricing point of view, it is still not clear if Apple is getting Heavy Tax Exemptions but surely, the relaxation has been announced for “Making in India” companies in the Union Budget. As per the release signed by Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge, Apple “will foster cutting edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development in the state, which is critical for India to compete globally.”
Reports also said, Apple along with Taiwanese OEM, Wistron, will begin the manufacturing in June 2017. The OEM manufacturing facility of Apple and Wistron will be based on Bengaluru’s industrial hub Peenya. As per the reports, there is no official papers or MoU has been signed between Apple and Karnataka Government and that is why state IT Minister deleted his tweet which was revealing the Apple’s plan.
Along with iPhone manufacturing facility, Government of Karnataka also collaborated with Apple for the innovation of other areas as well. This Indian manufacturing facility of Apple would be a third Global assembly unit in the world. With Apple manufacturing facility, other companies would also push their manufacturing facility in Indian boundaries. Along with Apple, Xiaomi, the world third largest smartphone manufacturer, also has its Manufacturing plant in India. The Xiaomi popular devices like Redmi 3S Prime are manufacturing in India.
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From the customer point of view, we can expect some price drops in the prices of iPhone in India. The Indian Government under “Make In India” initiative provides many relaxations and tax benefits to Global companies for manufacturing in India. With this Apple’s manufacturing facility, a lot of employment opportunities would also be raised.