India is the second largest mobile market in the world, and therefore the country is a priority for many smartphone manufacturers. Apple is no exception. In order to sell her iPhone in the local market, she even transferred part of the production to India. And soon, Apple will be able to open its first Apple Store in India.
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According to Reuters sources, the first retail store Apple Store will open in India in 2021. And in 2020, Apple will open an online store in the country. But before that, Apple needs to enlist the support of local authorities. According to Indian laws, foreign retailers, if they want to enter the Indian market on their own, they must produce at least 30% of their products in the country. Whether Apple will be able to fulfill this requirement is an open question.
Note that now India, despite the status of a developing country, is the largest in the world and one of the most promising markets, second only to China in terms of smartphone sales. According to analysts, during 2019, 137.2 million mobile devices were sold in India. It is expected that by 2022 the number of smartphone users in the country will reach 442 million people.
By the way, the Apple Store is expected to open not only in India, but also in other countries, including Russia. Now in Russia only the Apple online store operates, and when the first physical retail outlet appears, it is still unknown.