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Apple will launch its online store in India next week

Apple will launch its online store in India next week

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

The firm, 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 provide AppleCare+, which extends the guarantee on its {hardware} merchandise by as much as two years, in addition to a trade-in program to let clients entry reductions on buy of latest iPhones by returning earlier fashions. These applications have been beforehand not out there in India. 

“We know our customers are counting on know-how to remain related, interact in studying, and faucet into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Store on-line to India, we’re providing our clients the easiest of Apple at this essential time,” mentioned Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vp of Retail + People, in an announcement.

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TechCrunch reported in January that the iPhone-maker was planning to launch its on-line retailer in India in Q3 this yr. A month later, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the event, including that Apple may even launch its first bodily retailer within the nation subsequent yr.

On its web site, Apple says it additionally plans to supply financing choices to clients in India, and college students will obtain further reductions on Apple merchandise and equipment. Starting subsequent month, it should additionally let clients take a look at free on-line classes 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 turn out to be visibly extra aggressive in India in recent times. In July, the corporate’s contract manufacturing associate (Foxconn) started assembling the iPhone 11 in India. This was the primary time the corporate was regionally assembling a current-generation iPhone mannequin within the nation.

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

We understand how essential it’s for our clients to remain in contact with these they love and the world round them. We can’t wait to attach with our clients and develop help in India with the Apple Store on-line on September 23! https://t.co/UjR31jzEaY

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 18, 2020

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