The Karnataka government on Thursday issued a release welcoming Apple’s proposal to begin the manufacturing operations in the state.

The order read Apple’s proposal to manufacture iPhones in India and to “commence initial manufacturing operations” in the state. As per reports, Apple will start manufacturing the iPhones in Bengaluru by April end.

According to the release, which was signed by Karnataka IT Minister, Priyank Kharge, “Apple will foster cutting edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development in the state, which are critical for India to compete globally.”

It is not clear if Apple got the heavy tax exemption approvals it was seeking from the government, but relaxations were announced for those seeking to make in India, in the budget.

According to experts, Apple has opened the gates for other smartphone manufacturers to start the production of phones in India.

Experts also believe that this will bring down the price of Apple iPhones in India.
An official statement from Apple Inc, however, is still awaited.

First Published | 3 February 2017 11:31 AM
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