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Confirmed: Apple will start making iPhones in India

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An information technology minister in India confirmed that Apple will indeed begin manufacturing iPhones in India soon, in what will be the company’s next major step in world domination.

We’ve been following the news for some time and heard all these rumors up until last month. Now, we have a set date for the arrangement, which should be by the end of April according to Priyank Kharge, the same Indian minister.

SEE ALSO: Apple and Samsung rivalry isn’t the biggest story anymore

While it seems like a conventional move for Apple to increase its workforce and provide more jobs in a developing nation, the real implications for creating “Make in India” iPhones is to allow the Cupertino brand to begin setting up official retail stores in the country.

Because of a rule requiring companies to have at least 30 percent of their products produced in India before establishing physical outlets, Apple had no choice but to comply in order to set foot in one of the world’s largest markets.

Now that the legalities are out of the way and factories by Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation will be placed in India’s tech capital of Bangalore, Apple’s next issue to resolve is how to sell expensive iPhones in a market that heavily favors entry-level handsets.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone isn’t top-selling phone in China anymore

Apple would have to compete against Samsung’s affordable Galaxy J series phones, local leader Micromax, and a diverse Lenovo-Motorola lineup. But if Apple’s popularity in China is anything to go by — it’s near the top together with OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei — consumers will buy iPhones for the name alone.

Still, a lot of work has to be done. Apple managed to ship 2.5 million iPhones in India last year, but that only accounted for two percent of total shipments, and barely let the brand into the top-10 smartphone manufacturers ranking in the country.

The American company hasn’t provided its own official statement yet, but we’re all ears for what CEO Tim Cook has to say.

SEE ALSO: Apple rules smartphone profits, Chinese brands distant second

Source: Bloomberg

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OnePlus 5T in Lava Red color is coming to South Asia

It can’t get any redder than this

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Having more color options is great, and OnePlus knows that, which is why they’re bringing the Lava Red variant of the flagship phone to the Indian market.

The OnePlus 5T in Lava Red first debuted in November of last year but it was an exclusive color for China until now. This bright red OnePlus 5T is headed to India, and fans there will be able to buy one starting January 20.

What’s special about this compared to the other OnePlus 5Ts? Nothing really aside from a striking body color and a redesigned wallpaper to match. The phone is on display at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and seeing it person makes us appreciate it more — it’s gorgeous. We’re digging the contrast of the aluminum body to the minimal black front bezel, and we can’t deny its similarities with the OPPO R11s.

The Lava Red OnePlus 5T will be exclusively available on Amazon India for INR 37,999 (US$ 595). It’s only available in the 8GB/128GB version (the highest configuration of the OnePlus 5T) and is priced the same as the previous Midnight Black color.

Just last December, India was able to grab an exclusive sale of the Star Wars Special Edition of the OnePlus 5T which sports a white body with the Star Wars logo etched near the bottom.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 5T Review: T is for Trendy

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Top 2017 Google searches in India

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What were hot topics in India this year? Google shows us in their recently released list of 2017’s top searches.

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Xiaomi launches Mi A1 Special Edition Red in India

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After initially releasing the new Mi A1 color in Indonesia, Xiaomi brought the Special Edition Red to India to signify the fruitful year for the Chinese company.

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