Apple’s China growth can trump India woes

“India has been a source of frustration for Apple for years,” Jon Swartz reports for Barron’s. “Stymied by high tariffs (15% to 20%) that have prompted Apple to market less-expensive iPhones that are a few generations old, compounded by competition from cheap alternatives from Samsung Electronics and Xiaomi, Apple has underperformed in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market.”

“The malaise was highlighted in a report in Bloomberg this weekend of a shakeup in Apple’s executive ranks in India amid single-digit market share,” Swartz reports. “Gone are the national sales and distribution chief, head of commercial channels and mid-market business, and head of telecom carrier sales, according to Bloomberg, citing people who asked not to be identified.”

“Investors need not fret: Apple’s recent surge in China should offset shortcomings in a country of 1.32 billion people. Analysts have downplayed India’s significance in their earnings projections for Apple,” Swartz reports. “‘India remains an uphill climb for Apple and this latest news [executive departures] adds to the challenges, although the growth story ahead for Apple is all about China,’ Daniel Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insights, tells Barron’s. He predicts a 15% to 20% jump, year-over-year, in Apple’s business in China for its June quarter.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The problem is that India will not allow Apple to sell Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products.

India should approve Apple’s plan to sell Apple Certified refurbished iPhones in India. Not only would they be affordable to more consumers in India, Apple’s refurb’ed iPhones are easily better than competitors’ new phones! Why keep the Indian people shackled to inferior iPhone knockoffs when they could have the real thing?MacDailyNews, May 25, 2016

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  1. I understand protectionism, but India doesn’t make a 1st class smartphone, so they aren’t losing any local manufacturing by allowing Apple in and selling at high prices.

    Why not import iPhones?

    Makes no sense.

    1. India wants companies to develop a high-tech manufacturing base in their country. Ultimately, that might be a good way for Apple to diversify from China and grow their iOS market at the same time.

  2. Why would Indian consumers buy iPhones if their annual salary is around $1000 a year. It doesn’t seem to come as a surprise to me. It makes smart sense that Indian consumers are satisfied with using $50 Android smartphones. Was Apple ever really expected to have high iPhone sales in India? There’s no reasonable solution Apple could ever have for selling expensive iPhones to financially-handicapped consumers. Every other smartphone manufacturer understands this except Apple. Sell to the Indian consumer a smartphone they can reasonably afford.

  3. India is heavily over rated, it is a market Apple should stay out off. The democratic Indian government dont want Apple there and that should be indication enough for Apple to give this place a miss instead of ploughing through. Apple has enough profits and dont need any more. Get out of India, the quicker the better. Apple is better off in China where the gears are made anyway

    @MDN, your take is incorrect, selling refurbished phones will not be enough.

    Also where are the brainless Pro India supporters now, especially AlanAudio? What have they got to say? I say let India have cheap google phones, it is suited for them and a match made in heaven. Apple is too rich for poor Indians

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