Feb 3, 2017

Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government

Apple has 2% of India's mobile phone market, well behind rival Samsung. Despite the low percentage of sales, Apple has almost half of the market for premium phones, which start at around $450 an item, and its sales are growing fast. Apple has held a series of meetings with government representatives at both state and national level and is understood to be pressing for concessions before going ahead with such a move. Priyank Kharge, minister of information technology and biotechnology in Karnataka, told the AFP news agency: "We have an understanding with Apple and we expect them to start manufacturing in Karnataka by the end of April." Apple is currently unable to set up its own branded stores in India, which has a raft of rules to curb the activities of foreign companies.

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