Apple reaches Apple Music deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola

By Cody Lee on Nov 22, 2016

Apple is teaming up with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to push Apple Music, reports the L.A. Times. The outlet says that the deal will result in the company’s streaming music service being available as part of Ola’s in-car experience.

The platform is called Ola Play, and it already has several high-profile partners including Sony, Qualcomm and Audio Compass. It gives passengers the ability to control their vehicle’s climate and entertainment via an in-car tablet. Read More

 

Indian government to purchase Cellebrite tech to bypass locked iPhones

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2016

India’s premier forensic institute The Forensic Science Laboratory is buying Cellebrite’s tech that enables it to bypass locked iPhones, reports The Economic Times. The Israeli company made headlines earlier this year when it was reportedly sought out by the FBI to help it access the locked San Bernardino iPhone.

It’s unclear how much the FSL is paying for the technology, or what the deal will mean for other countries and organizations. The Times, however, has a quote from an FSL source saying they believe the move will make it the global go-to place for law enforcement agencies seeking to unlock highsecurity devices. Read More

 

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn planning to expand its operations in India next year

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

A May report from The Economic Times alleged that Apple had approached Foxconn about assembling iPhones in India in the next two to three years. The Economic Times of India confirmed Monday that Foxconn will be expanding its operations in India next year, backing its $600 million investments already made in the country. Read More

 

iPhone 7 launches in India today, starts at nearly $900 due to high import taxes

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2016

As of today, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available for purchase in India ahead of the country’s gift-giving season. As CNBC reported, the new handsets cost more than the average Indian citizen earns in six months due to local import taxes which jack up retail price of the entry-level $649 32GB iPhone 7 to as high as $900, or a whopping $1.382 for the flagship 256GB iPhone 7 Plus model. Read More

 

India’s finance minister ratifies a proposal that’d let Apple run retail stores in the country

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016

Apple is one step closer to opening first-party retail stores in India, its increasingly significant market with population of 1.3 billion people, with a new Bloomberg report claiming that India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley has approved a proposal that clarifies how Apple could open retail stores without initially having to source components locally.

Last month, the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a three-year extension on local-sourcing rules that require foreign firms wanting to run their own local retail stores to source at least 30 percent of components within the populous country. Read More

 

Apple leases 40,000 square feet of office space in India for iOS app design accelerator

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook during his May 2016 India trip announced that his company will be opening an iOS app design and development accelerator in the country early next year. Today, The Economic Times reported that the Cupertino firm has reached an agreement to lease 40,000 square feet of office space, spread over two floors at Galleria in North Bengaluru, to house the facility. Read More

 

Indian government intervenes to allow Apple Stores in the country

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

After repeated delays, Apple may finally get the chance to open company-run retail stores in India as the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly approved a three-year extension on local-sourcing rules that require foreign companies operating their own retail stores to manufacture at least thirty percent of goods in the country. Read More

 

Google wants to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Apple is opening a new facility in India early next year, aimed at improving the skills and success of Indian developers building iOS applications, and now Google hopes to do the same for Android. In introducing a new initiative this morning, called Android Skilling, Google hopes to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent to Android. Read More

 

India relaxes rules on foreign direct investments, paving the way for Apple Stores

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016

The government of India has relaxed its strict rules on foreign direct investments, which stipulate that 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced within India, paving the way for Apple’s retail expansion in the 1.25 billion people market. Acording to The Times of India on Monday, Apple should benefit from a new three-year relaxation on local sourcing norms. Read More

 

Indian government formally rejects Apple’s plan to sell used iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

The government of India has said ‘no’ to Apple’s request to import used iPhones into the country, LiveMint reported today. The move comes hot on the heels of the finance ministry’s decision to rejecte a recommendation from the commerce ministry to waive the 30 percent local sourcing norm for Apple to sell refurbished iPhones in its own branded stores in India.

“We are not in favour of any company selling used phones in the company, however certified they may be,” said commerce and industry minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. Read More

 

Apple must sell 30% locally-sourced goods to open retail stores in India

By Cody Lee on May 25, 2016

Apple must meet a strict rule that requires foreign retailers to sell at least 30% locally-sourced goods if it wishes to open stores in India, reports Reuters. A change in legislation last year exempted foreign retailers selling high-tech goods from the rule, but a government official told the outlet that Apple’s products don’t qualify for the category. Read More

 

Spotlight Suggestions expand to seven new countries, including India and Hong Kong

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Spotlight Suggestions, a feature that recommends content from the Internet when searching with Spotlight on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0+ or a Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later, has expanded to seven additional markets: Hong Kong, India, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

Counting these regions, Spotlight Suggestions are now available in a total of 26 major markets around the world, listed on Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. Read More

 

Tim Cook lays out his vision for India

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Right after visiting China on Monday, Apple’s boss Tim Cook flew to India the following day. He spent a few days touring the populous country, meeting with decision makers, negotiating with carriers and taking to end users and developers alike.

Speaking with The Hindu, Cook has now laid out his vision and strategy for India, a very important market for Apple where the company, despite a massive population of 1.25 billion people, has a single-digit share of the smartphone market. Read More

 

Apple announces Maps development office in India, creating up to 4,000 jobs

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

As part of Tim Cook’s packed schedule during his visit to India, Apple today confirmed it’s opening a new facility in Hyderabad, that will focus on Maps development and employ up to 4,000 people. The new facility, located on the Waverock campus, will provide “a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team,” said the Cupertino firm. Read More

 

Apple working to form ‘strategic partnerships’ with Indian carriers ahead of 4G expansion

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

Shortly after his pre-dawn spiritual experience at the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, Apple CEO Tim Cook met the country’s top wireless carriers in an effort to strike a “strategic partnership” ahead of a wide-scale LTE expansion in the country.

India, home to population of 1.25 billion people, is about to witness the advent of high-speed fourth-generation wireless networks, a move that Apple sees as the opportunity to expand the market for iPhones, as reported today by The Economic Times of India. Read More

 

Tim Cook kicks off India tour with a pre-dawn visit to Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak Temple

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook is visiting India today following his trip to China Monday, which came hot on the heels of the $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing, China’s Uber.

According to The Indian Express, Cook kicked off his much-anticipated India trip with a pre-dawn visit to the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, along with the newly promoted Apple India head, Sanjay Kaul. Read More

 

Apple’s iOS app design and development accelerator coming to India in early 2017

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

As was rumored yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook during his India trip announced an accelerator program for iOS developers. The facility is expected to open in early 2017.

According to a press release issued yesterday, the iOS app design and development accelerator will open in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Read More

 

Apple’s boss to unveil Maps development center and iOS accelerator program in India

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

After visiting China yesterday to meet the country’s officials and promote a $1 billion acquisition of the local ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, Apple’s boss Tim Cook is touring India today and is planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He is also expected to unveil a development center for Apple Maps in the country along with an accelerator program for iOS developers, Bloomberg reported today. Read More

 

Apple working to launch first three Apple Stores in India by 2017

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Apple hopes to open its first three retail stores in India by the end of 2017, reports FactorDaily. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says the iPhone maker is currently eying “high street” locations in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai for massive 10,000+ square foot stores. Read More

 

Foxconn said to be close to deal to build iPhone plant in India

By Cody Lee on May 9, 2016

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is close to signing a deal with the Indian government to open an iPhone manufacturing plant in the country, reports the Economic Times. More specifically, the company is looking for a 1,200-acre plot of land in Maharashtra.

Today’s news comes nearly one year after we first heard of Foxconn’s interest in building facilities in India. If the deal goes through, the electronics-maker hopes to construct a $10 billion building for assembling Apple’s smartphones, and others would likely follow. Read More

 
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