It's almost official, the launch of the Apple Online Store in India is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this year.
Earlier, Apple announced plans to open physical and online Apple stores in India. However, the Cupertino company was careful not to disclose details on the official date. Rumors were of a launch in the first quarter of 2020, but according to TechCrunch sources, it will not open until the third quarter of the year.
Tim Cook is scheduled to launch in India in the coming weeks to make an official announcement. It should also disclose the specific activation date. With this online store, Apple would increase its presence on the second largest market in the world. Today it has become fundamental to increasing iPhone sales, given that there are millions of potential customers in India.
As for the first physical Apple Store, the wait will be longer. The first store is slated to open in Mumbai by the end of the year.
Currently, Apple sells its products in India through third-party resellers such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm Mall. The possibility of launching its stores, both online and physical, is the result of a long negotiation with the Indian government. The latter demanded that Apple start producing its products in the country. It's now done.