What would be your first reaction when you see a ‘made in india ‘ tag on an iPhone. Would it leave a good impression or would it have the ‘made in China’ impression? Regardless which it may leave, we’ll get to see it soon.
Apple has agreed to terms with the Indian government to allow them production and assemblage of its devices (iPhones and its other Apple product counterparts) in India.
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The economic effect this would have on the host country cannot be overemphasized. It would sure have a positive long lasting effect on the country’s Gross Domestic Product as well as on the creation of jobs.
It would also create more audience for Apple even though I feel Apple should have at least a manufacturing and assemblage plant for the iPhone in Africa. Even though it is glaring that android fanboys are in the majority over here, I still strongly advocate this. It could open them to a larger African audience.
This new move by Apple had been cooking in the pot for some time now as rumours about Apple’s India manufacturing plans emanated sometime in December 2016 and no officials from Apple nor the Karnataka government were willing to confirm or refute the rumours at such period.
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But now, we have a statement issued by the Karnataka government welcoming Apple’s proposal to commence manufacturing operations in the state confirmed the December rumour.
According to the state’s IT minister Priyank Kharge, “Apple’s plans to manufacture in Bengaluru will foster cutting edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development in the country, which is critical for India to compete globally.”
Still on the new deal, both parties have agreed that Apple would be able to run its own network of stores and retailers across the country. Apple have longed for this so dearly since they have been restricted from retailing devices directly on Indian soil which had made the smartphone giant found their way to the number 10 spot on the most purchased devices in India.
Well, what can I say than this is a plus for Apple as they just successfully found their way into the most populated country in the world.