Apple is slowly making its presence known in the Indian smartphone market after it managed to grow its user base. However, new reports suggest the Cupertino-based tech giant may delay a second time opening its first exclusive store.
according to one report (opens in new tab) by The Economic Times (behind the paywall), Litter delayed the launch of its first offline store until the end of March 2023. As a repercussion of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the interior decorations and other supplies needed for the construction are delayed for delivery.
from Apple first store is scheduled to open in Mumbai at the Jio World Center. It is also rumored to have been designed on par with the company’s flagship stores in Singapore and Los Angeles. The company also has plans to open its second store in Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall. It’s unclear as of now if plans have been pushed back for this store as well.
The company has been expanding its operations in India at a gradual pace. Apple will be completing 2 years since it launched the official online store in India. The company also started the exchange program iPhones also a few months later. Separate reports indicate that the company has seen an increase in demand for MacBooks and Macs in the country.
Are the stars in favor of Apple in India?
Big names in the industry like Samsung have been operating and manufacturing their products in India longer than Apple. However, the company has expanded its vision to diversify the production of some of its products to regions outside of China.
With several lockdowns announced at their factories, this has impacted the production and supply of some of the products. So while India was already manufacturing the iPhone SE and the iPhone13Apple is expected to bring the iPad as well.
It may take a while for the company to set up its full operations. But when the prices of its devices reach a more competitive range in the market, that will be when Apple hits the jackpot. Currently, iPhone models are being manufactured by Foxconn and Wistron is responsible for producing iPads.