Apple iPhone grabs first place in India with 66% of premium smartphone sales

“Apple crushed Samsung in the emerging market for premium smartphones in India during October, taking a leading 66 percent share of sales,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider. “Samsung’s second place accounted for 23 percent of sales from Galaxy S7 and similar phones, while Google — which has made the subcontinent a focus — took 10 percent of sales. Only 1 percent was attributed to other makers.”

“Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has focused increasing attention on India as an important emerging market for the company,” Dilger reports. “‘Our iPhone sales in India were up over 50 percent in fiscal 2016 compared to the prior year, and we believe we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of this large and growing market opportunity,’ Cook told analysts in October during Apple’s quarterly earnings call.”

Dilger reports, “In May, after Strategy Analytics reported very limited overall market share for iPhones across the entire market including low end models, Cook told the Indian media, ‘We are in India for the next thousand years. Our horizon is very long. We are focused on best, not most. So it doesn’t bother me that we don’t have top market share.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Only one company truly makes premium smartphones.

Further, India should allow Apple to sell Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products:

The “Make in India” program is supposed to focus on creating skilled jobs and minimizing environmental impact. Blocking Apple from selling Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones and forcing the company to set up factories full of entry-level assembly jobs in order to open brand new retail stores accomplishes neither objective.

Indians can’t have nice, clean stores or real iPhones are great prices (Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones are better than new fragmandroid phones) because your government is “protecting” you against such things in favor of importing pollution and crap, menial, unskilled, low-paying jobs. So, don your face masks like the Chinese to ward off the smog (not that iPhone assembly is particularly polluting, but the requirement forcing 30% of manufacturing into the country will lead to pollution from other industries) and have fun with your insecure, never-to-be-updated fake iPhones!

Or, some portion of the 1.3 billion Indian citizens could demand that the handful of government dullards blocking Apple reconsider their trade ideas. — MacDailyNews, May 26, 2016

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  1. I don’t know why MDN even bothers preaching to India about how to go about creating a vibrant economy that can productively put its people to work. This is the government that, in its infinite wisdom, decided to remove large notes from its currency in an economy that is largely cash based. Catastrophic blunders like this should leave no one with the illusion that the Indian government will do anything that makes sense or will actually help their very poor citizens.

      1. Essentially. You have a certain amount of time to exchange them for smaller notes. But you are limited in the numbers of large notes you can exchange at one time. The Indian government is doing this to crack down on tax evasion by wealthy Indians. But it’s causing a massive disruption to the vast majority of the population. Businesses all over ar who brown because they can’t buy goods for retail. Look it up and read about it.

        It’s hard to believe the Indian government is actually doing this because it’s so batshit stupid.

        1. First I’ve heard of getting rid of large notes. Normally the small stuff gets eliminated/reduced. I’ve heard in Australia the penny was eliminated and payment amounts are rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents.

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