Apple to start assembling iPhones in Bangalore by April

"Kharge said", We made concerted efforts to reach out to Apple directly. The government of Karnataka issued a press release "Welcoming the move".

According to the reports, Apple is also offering two production related job offers OPM and NPI.Local manufacturing will make Apple products cheaper as imported goods have a 12 percent duty.

Karnataka government ministers and officials are said to have had positive discussions with Apple's representatives - Priya Balasubramaniam (vice president, iPhone operations), Ali Khanafer (head, government affairs), Dheeraj Chugh (director, iPhone operations) and Priyesh Povanna (country counsel) about iPhone manufacturing plans.

"Apple's intentions to manufacture in Bengaluru will foster cutting edge technology eco system and supply chain development in the state, which are critical for India to compete globally", Karnataka Information and Technology and Tourism Minister Priyank M Kharge said in a statement.

The Peenya manufacturing centre will be Apple's second initiative for the IT capital. The state of Karnataka, where Apple's iPhones will be assembled, is ruled by rival Congress party and is seen as a major win in political circles. It will likely open with a heavy workload, as Apple shipped roughly 78 million iPhones in the last quarter alone. The company will only perform initial manufacturing operations in the country. Apple making iPhones in India could mean lower prices for the future products, though don't expect the iPhone 8 to be #MadeinIndia so soon.

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Apple in terms of manufacture has demanded a 15 year tax holiday from the government to start the manufacturing process, which is still being negotiated.

Apple announced past year the setting up of a facility in Bangalore to assist developers on best practices and improved app design around its iOS platform.

Apple is to start making iPhones in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, the state's government has said. " Apple wants duty cuts on these".

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