Apple requests permission to open stores in India

Apple stores in India

The Apple Store is hoping to make its debut in India.

The tech giant has officially applied with the Indian government to open its first retail store in the country. With 1.2 billion people currently living in India, it marks a big new market for the smartphone manufacturer.

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed the application, which was submitted to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

The company has not revealed how many stores it plans to open at this time.

Apple Stores, known for their distinctive architecture, could boost Apple’s appeal in India.

While Indians are obsessed with their smartphones, many of the countries citizens purchase lower end devices from the likes of Huawei Xiaomi. Apple’s smartphones will be aimed at India’s wealthier consumers.

Apple already features 32 stores in China, including four in Hong Kong.

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