Apple's senior officials have met an inter-ministerial panel to discuss plans to start making iPhones in India. Apple is reportedly seeking exemptions on tax duty for import of components and other equipments, and this meeting was primarily to seek tax consessions for assembling devices in the country.
"We've been working hard to develop our operations in India and are proud to deliver the best products and services in the world to our customers here. We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we've had with government about further expanding our local operations," an Apple India spokesperson told IANS.
On Tuesday, Apple executives met Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and according to Business Standard, the government is yet to take a call on Apple's demand. Apple seems to have already finalised Wistron as the primary manufacturer in India before adding Foxconn to expand the manufacturing capacity. Wistron has an existing assembly unit in Bengaluru for assembling products.