According to new online reports, Apple should open an online store in India later this year, precisely in the third quarter of 2020.
It is no mystery that the Indian government has eased its rules regarding the sale of imported products. Previously, the country's legislation required companies to locally procure 30% of production. In a statement last August, Apple said it was "eager to serve" customers in India, through online stores and physical stores, but that it would "take some time to implement its plans".
Also in August, Bloomberg reported that Apple would begin online sales in India "within a few months". That timing now appears to have changed, at least according to the new TechCrunch report. Citing an anonymous source, who would be familiar with the matter, the report of these hours says that Apple is still "working on the logistics" of its retail plans in India, but that the new timeline suggests online sales starting from Q3 of this year.
Apple's long-awaited online store in India will be operational in the third quarter of this year, a little late than expected. The source also said that the company was still working on logistics for the opening of stores and that the new launch window of the online store now scheduled between July and September. Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to plan a trip to India on the occasion of the announcement.
Although it seems that this timeline is not entirely definitive, therefore subject to potential changes, it seems that an official presence of the Apple stores in India is now on the way.
In the past few months, Apple has tried various strategies in India, including the change of sales managers. Apple has been courting Indian soil for some time in order to be able to open its stores in the country. However, all the news on the Apple Stores can be found in this section of Macitynet.