For a long time, we have had to rely on authorized third-party resellers and e-commerce websites to purchase Apple products in India. However, there have also consistently been reports that the Cupertino giant will open its stores in India very soon. Well, a report from Bloomberg today states that Apple will open its official online store in India next month. The report also aligns with previous estimates mentioned by TechCrunch. In that report, TechCrunch said that Apple will open its online store in India in the third quarter of 2020.
Indian laws required companies to source at least 30% components domestically in order to have a first-person sales presence in the country. Apple now makes the iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and other iPhones at its manufacturing facility in India. Furthermore, the company will also manufacture the iPhone 12 in India.
Speaking to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that Apple’s first retail store in India will be ready in 2021. While this will be in Mumbai, the company has also finalized the location of another store in Bangalore, near Minsk Square.
The intro of an official Apple presence in India is fabulous news for many consumers in the country. Additionally, with the addition of brick-and-mortar stores, customers can not only expect a wider range of products to be available in the country but also better customer service.