India’s plans to ease local sourcing rules may benefit Apple

India’s plans to ease local sourcing rules may benefit Apple

India’s plans to ease local sourcing rules in single brand retail to help companies such as Apple open their own retail stores in India, reports The Economic Times, quoting various “analysts and sector watchers. The move is purportedly aimed at attracting higher foreign investment at a time when global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows have slowed, but those coming into India have been robust. 

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Judge dismisses ‘whistleblower lawsuit’ against Apple

Judge dismisses ‘whistleblower lawsuit’ against Apple

A California federal judge on Tuesday nixed a whistleblower’s suit accusing Apple of bringing two trainers from India into the country using B-1 visas instead of the more expensive and necessary H1-B visas, ruling there's "no exhaustive list or case law of all permissible activities" under the B-1, reports Law360.

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Apple reportedly will start assembling top-end iPhones in India soon

Apple reportedly will start assembling top-end iPhones in India soon

Apple will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of its manufacturing partner Foxconn as early as 2019, the first time the Taiwanese company will have made the product in the country, reports Reuters, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the matter. The article doesn’t specify which “top-end” models that entails, however.

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Apple approves the Indian government’s TRAI DND app for inclusion on the App Store

Apple approves the Indian government’s TRAI DND app for inclusion on the App Store

Tired of waiting for Apple to implement anti-spam measures for iPhones, TRAI, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, threatened in July to ban iPhones from the country’s cellular networks if the tech giant didn’t approve a government-developed Do Not Disturb app by January 2019. Now an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to VentureBeat that the app become available today in the Apple App Store.

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iPhone Xs, Xs Mac sales reportedly disappointing in India

iPhone Xs, Xs Mac sales reportedly disappointing in India

Apparently, Apple is still struggling to gain the foothold it wants in India. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max reportedly saw lower sales in the Indian market with several large retailers across the country saying they are for the first time left with little less than half the stock supplied to them after the first weekend sales. 

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Plans to launch Apple Pay in India have been postponed

Plans to launch Apple Pay in India have been postponed

Apple has delayed plans to launch Apple Pay in India after landing in a regulatory grey zone despite holding discussions with a few leading banks and the National Payments Corporation of India, which manages the United Playments Interface-based (UPI) platform, reports The Economic Times, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

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