Once again, the news that Apple is all set to manufacture iPhones and other Apple gadgets in India is doing rounds. Since the time Apple’s CEO Tim Cook visited India earlier this year, the news has been making rounds on and off. While the news was initially dismissed, it is back once again. And this time around, looks like things might be getting more serious as Apple is already in talks with the concerned authorities, reports suggest. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign, there have been speculations of multiple gadget manufacturers entering the country and setting up their manufacturing units in India. While Apple has long since been pressurised to set up stores in the country, it continues to operator through distributors and has failed to set up stores in the country.Also Read - Apple Has Most Loyal iPhone Customers in THIS Country. How Other Smartphone Brands Fared

However, competitors like Samsung and even other brands have set up their manufacturing units in the country and Samsung has even a new tagline to take on Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign – Make For India. All of their products sold in the country now carry the tagline. Since Samsung is one of the biggest competitors for Apple, it only makes sense for Apple to follow suit where they might have only a slice of the market but despite the high rates, Indians continue to be enamoured by Apple products and treat them as status symbols. Apple currently manufactures its iPhones and other gadgets in China, though multiple other manufacturing companies. Their biggest tie up is with Foxconn in China for product manufacturing though they also have other manufacturers in the region. Also Read - Flipkart Big Diwali Sale To Start From October 28: Check Deals on iPhones And Other Benefits Here

But then, if Apple does come to India, there will be a lot of changes and most of them, the good ones. Since long, there has been hopes of Apple setting stores and commencing manufacturing in the country and looks like it’s finally about to happen. The news was initially reported by WSJ and according to their reports, Apple is seeking financial incentives to enter the country. Apple has already sent a letter to the Indian government detailing their plans for India and also the manufacturing process. Response is now awaited. So then, if Apple does come to India, what all will be the changes? Like other manufacturers, will Apple also launch a version specially for India or will there be a price cut in Apple products? Well, there are many things that are bound to happen – let’s take a look at them: Get ready for Made in India iPhone 8! Reports suggest Apple to soon manufacture iPhones in India Also Read - WhatsApp Will Stop Working On Some Of Smartphones After 10 Days: Check Full List Here

1. Cheaper iPhone – Right now, Apple iPhones are one of the most premium phones in the country thanks to their pricing. Pricing is also one of the key reasons why Apple iPhones enjoy the status symbol in India and there is a demand in the country for even older iPhones. But then, right now, the exorbitant pricing of iPhones is thanks to the import duties and taxes. iPhones are designed in the US, made in China and the world tour does add a considerable bit of taxes to the equation. If iPhones are manufactured in India, then they would automatically be a whole lot cheaper as the imports and the duties would be taken away. thus, the pricing would finally match the international pricing of the phones. It would definitely mean a more decently priced device rather than the now overpriced version.

2. Better Availability – As mentioned above, iPhones in India are all imported and not manufactured in the country. This means that there are limited number of distributors to purchase from. While Apple has online as well as offline distributors in India, at times, the availability is an issue, especially if you happen to be in a region that is not serviced by an online retailer or if you do not have an authorised reseller near you. Also, as Apple products are imported, getting replacement parts and repairs takes forever if the part needed is not in stock. Manufacturing within the country can resolve those issues and make it much easier for people to not only buy the products but also to repair them as the timings will be shortened. PhonePe, Flipkart’s new app lets you transfer money from your wallet directly to bank account, without any charges

3. Apple Stores – We have seen long, serpentine queues outside Apple stores in images right after the launch of the iPhone flagship of the year. But then, while we have Apple re-sellers like Croma and Maple in the country, we do not have an Apple Store per se. There have been rumours that Apple plans to set up Apple stores in India but then so far, these rumours have proceed to be baseless. However, if Apple does begin manufacturing in the country, it means that Apple will also set up Apple stores in India. With Apple stores, the reach will improve and it will also help users buy directly from the stores, without having to queue up outside distributor outlets in the country.

4. Quick shipping – Once Apple announces their next product, the wait begins. The wait for the device to reach Apple stores and then, for it to ship to other countries. Apple divided the countries they sell their products in in 3 zones – while the first zone gets the products first, the third zone is the last. India was the only country to get the iPhone in the third zone this year. While the delivery and launch timelines have improved, they are still not satisfactory. If Apple begins manufacturing in India, then the wait will be shorter and Indians will get their iPhones along with the rest of the world. They won’t the last ones in queue anymore. Apple is offering free battery replacement for specific iPhone users. Check if you’re eligible

5. No international purchases – Most iPhones users in India prefer buying their devices from the USA or other international markets for two simple reasons – they are cheaper and are available sooner. Although iPhones purchased in the US and used in India do not come with any warranty, people still prefer to buy them. However, with the iPhones getting manufactured in the country itself, things will change for the better and with the prices coming down, Indians can buy the iPhones within India. The rates, if they match international rates will definitely be a great reason for Indians to stick to the Indian manufactured version.

6. Better profits – While there definitely are a lot of benefits in the offer for Indians, what is in it for Apple? Well, the biggest one would be better profits. With the amount of duties and tax removed, Apple will save a whole lot on shipping costs. While the prices will drop too, there will still be a considerable margin of profits Apple can earn from the Indian manufactured devices as the prices will not be too low to impact their profitability. In the long run, the investment is sure to benefit Apple.

7. The Trump Tussle – Well, this is the most controversial of the reasons. Donald Trump, has been pushing all manufacturers and brands to stat manufacturing their products in USA to generate more jobs. Reports had recently stated that Apple soon planned to shift their manufacturing units to the US for iPhones. With news of Apple entering India for manufacturing, it might lead to more of a tussle between the Trump government and Apple which has long since been on Apple’s radar when it comes to manufacturing in the US. Apple executives will sure have a lot of answering to do!