According to the sources, it is revealed that the next iPhone 8 may cost much lower than the current generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that are being sold in the Indian market.
Based on the reports, a team from the company are going to meet a group of senior officials in the ministry that include IT and Finance, on 25 January to discuss about logistics for setting up a manufacturing facility in the country, as a part of Make in India campaign.
So, if everything goes as planned, Apple will start manufacturing in the country by April 2017.
According to PTI, the officials to participate in the deliberations with Apple include from the departments of commerce, industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), revenue, environment and forest, electronics and information technology (DeITY).
The Cupertino Company Apple has partnered with two manufacturing giants for making their iPhones, Wistron, Taiwanese OEM manufacturer and the other is the Foxconn. Earlier in December 2016, it was announced that the Apple and Foxconn were in talks with the government of India, discussing about the setting up of a manufacturing plant in Peenya, Bengaluru, in Karnataka by April 2017.
According to the PTI report of the company Apple, the company has requested the government for long term duty exemptions including several tax and other incentives to enter the manufacturing sector in India.
However, it is unclear until now, as to whether the government of India is ready to grant the company with such incentives and duty exemptions. Earlier, the government of India and the Environment Ministry have rejected the company’s plea to import and sell refurbished smartphones in the country, saying the proposal will lead to increased e-waste in the country.