Modi meets Cook, wants ‘Made in In­dia’ Iphones

Ap­ple CEO agrees to ex­plore Prime Min­is­ter’s pro­posal

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NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi wants Ap­ple Inc. to man­u­fac­ture Iphones in In­dia in­stead of push­ing its plan to sell re­fur­bished pre-owned hand­sets, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with dis­cus­sions he had with Ap­ple chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Tim Cook on Satur­day.

On a four-day maiden In­dia visit that came amid de­clin­ing sales of Iphones glob­ally, Cook met with Modi to push for sale of pre-owned re­fur­bished Iphones — a pro­posal that has yet to find favour with the In­dian govern­ment since it was first mooted and re­jected dur­ing the UPA regime.

Although Ap­ple has no plan to make Iphones here, Cook agreed to ex­plore Modi’s pro­posal. Ap­ple will un­likely ben­e­fit from man­u­fac­tur­ing of Iphones in In­dia, an­a­lysts have said, cit­ing the price-sen­si­tive na­ture of the In­dian mar­ket and the low vol­umes of iPhone sales here. In­dia ac­counts for just 1% of global iPhone sales and Ap­ple’s share of In­dia’s mo­bile hand­set sales is just 1.5%.

Glob­ally, Tai­wanese con­tract man­u­fac­turer Fox­conn makes Iphones. There have been me­dia re­ports that Fox­conn wants to make Ap­ple de­vices with a $10-bil­lion plant in Ma­ha­rash­tra, the state that took up much of Cook’s time dur­ing his visit.

“The PM made it clear that re­fur­bished phones were not In­dia’s im­me­di­ate fo­cus as he was con­scious that these phones would wipe out low cost In­dian phone man­u­fac­tur­ers,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial.

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi with Ap­ple chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Tim Cook in New Delhi on Satur­day.

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