Apple isn’t giving up on India, seeking government incentives for local factory
Never one to rest on its laurels and enjoy a crushing domination of the global smartphone industry’s profits without thinking of what comes next, Apple is willing to do practically anything to tap into the immensely lucrative Indian and Chinese markets. Well, anything that doesn’t entail simply lowering iPhone prices and, consequently, their admittedly high quality bar.
At least two local research and development centers should help raise the Cupertino-based tech giant’s profile in China, while over in India, where low-cost Android handhelds continue to prevail quarter after quarter, a full-on iPhone and iPad manufacturing plant could soon open its doors and finally please Narendra Modi’s government.
Despite Tim Cook’s best efforts, the Indian PM rejected a plea for exemption to the 30 percent domestic sourcing norms for components inside products sold on a large scale around those parts, as well as a nationwide refurbished import and distribution program.
The only way to go now is the construction of an Apple factory, possibly in partnership with ODM Foxconn, though some sort of benefits and tax reductions will need to be offered in exchange for a no doubt massive investment and the creation of local jobs.
The Indian government has a so-called Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme designed especially for such collaborations, so reaching an understanding is at last right around the corner. Apple would then join a number of Android-focused rivals on board of the “Make in India” initiative, including Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, Asus and OnePlus.