Apple has applied for a number of patents related to mobile payments with the Indian patent office, suggesting the company has been potentially exploring opportunities for Apple Pay in the vast 1.32 billion people market.
Economic Times says Apple is planning to set up its own online store in India by October to sell locally produced iPhone SE models and accessories, but other outlets caution this statement holds little water.
Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and the guy in charge of all App Stores at Apple, announced on Twitter this morning that the company’s iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in the Yelahanka area of Bengaluru in India is officially opening. Bengaluru is the home of India’s startup scene. The populous country has some of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world.
Apple also published useful resources at developer.apple.com/accelerator, including information pertaining to local iOS development scene.
A game of cat and mouse between Apple and the Indian government continues with news Monday that the government has yet to make a final decision regarding concessions being sought by Apple to set up an iPhone manufacturing plant in the country. Tribune India is reporting that Ramesh Abhishek, a secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), told the media this morning that while Apple did submit certain demands for the government’s consideration, a final decision has yet to be announced.