India approves incentives for iPad manufacture, but not as Apple wanted –

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Last week, we talked about Apple’s plans to expand production Ipad till India – A strategy that, if successful, would reflect a move previously made by Apple with iPhones (some cheap / older models of smartphones are already manufactured in the country of South Asia).

As we explained, the plans are part of an incentive program launched by the Government of India, which seeks to encourage the manufacture of tablets and laptops in the country. The point is, in the Prime Minister’s plans Narendra ModiThe budget of the program would be around 70 billion rupees (R $ 5 billion), while Apple and other companies were pressuring the government for an increase of about 200 billion rupees (about R $ 15 billion).

good, according to Reuters, It seems Modi won wrestling: Indian government approved today’s budget 73.5 billion rupees For the incentive program. Within the rules of the program, companies manufacturing tablets and laptops in the Indian region will receive refunds between 1% and 4% of the value of each device exported to other countries over a four-year period.

It is not known what is Apple’s position in this story: Despite not fully meeting its requirements, it is a fact that Apple is exploring all options to reduce its dependence on the Chinese production chain , And the company already has a good relationship The Government of India – Apple was one of the main reasons for the institution of the new incentive program.

In addition, some of Apple’s main partners, such as Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, are investing in India to build new factories and specialize employees. Therefore, it is to be expected that Apple will go ahead with the plans and manufacture some models of iPads in India – which models are (or will be) however, we will still have to wait and see.

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Via 9to5Mac

Cory Weinberg

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Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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