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    The company will begin manufacturing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s smartphones at the Wistron plant in Bangalore within the next four to six weeks. The iPhone SE’s production will be moved there in three months.

    “We’ve been working hard to develop our operations in India,” an Apple spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we’ve had with government about further expanding our local operations.”

    Apple had been in negotiations with India for some time, mainly seeking tax concessions to keep the cost of producing the phones very low. India has reportedly refused most of the company's demands.

    "Apple India has sought concessions, including duty exemptions on manufacturing and repair units, components, capital equipment including parts and consumables for smartphone manufacturing and service/repair for a period of 15 years," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s Parliament.

    Still, the nation is reportedly working closely with Apple so that the tech giant can move forward with its plans.

    “We want Apple to manufacture in India. They are also very keen,” an official who works closely with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the paper. ”We will try to accommodate as much of their demands as possible, but they too appreciate and understand our limitations.”


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