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Apple will launch its online store in India next week – TechCrunch

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Apple will launch its on-line retailer in India on September 23, bringing a spread of companies on to prospects on this planet’s second largest smartphone marketplace for the primary time in over 20 years because it started operations within the nation.

The corporate, which at the moment depends on third-party on-line and offline retailers to promote its merchandise in India, mentioned its on-line retailer will supply AppleCare+, which extends the guarantee on its {hardware} merchandise by as much as two years, in addition to commerce in program to let prospects entry reductions on buy of recent iPhones by returning earlier fashions. These applications have been beforehand not accessible in India. 

“We all know our customers are counting on expertise to remain related, have interaction in studying, and faucet into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Retailer on-line to India, we’re providing our prospects the perfect of Apple at this vital time,” mentioned Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice chairman of Retail + Individuals, in an announcement.

TechCrunch reported in January that the iPhone-maker was planning to launch its online store in India in Q3 this year. A month later, Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner confirmed the event, including that Apple will even launch its first bodily retailer within the nation subsequent 12 months.

On its website, Apple says it additionally plans to supply financing choices to prospects in India, and college students will obtain extra reductions on Apple merchandise and equipment. Beginning subsequent month, it’ll additionally let prospects take a look at free on-line periods on music and images from skilled creatives. And if they need, they will engrave emoji or textual content on their AirPods in a number of Indian languages.

The launch of the net retailer will mark a brand new chapter in Apple’s enterprise in India, the place about 99% of the market is commanded by Android smartphones. The iPhone-maker has develop into visibly extra aggressive in India in recent times. In July, the corporate’s contract manufacturing companion (Foxconn) began assembling the iPhone 11 in India. This was the primary time the corporate was domestically assembling a current-generation iPhone mannequin within the nation.

Assembling handsets in India permits smartphone distributors — together with Apple — to keep away from roughly 20% import responsibility that the Indian authorities levies on imported electronics merchandise.

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Manish Singh