Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Tuesday said that the Apple ecosystem in India has created over one lakh new direct jobs in the manufacturing sector in the last two years. The announcement was made shortly after the inauguration of Apple BKC, Apple’s first physical store in India in Mumbai.
Apple’s first branded retail store in India, in Mumbai, was inaugurated by the company’s chief executive Tim Cook, who personally signed purchased products for the first few customers. The company will also launch its second store in Delhi on Thursday.
“The @Apple ecosystem, driven by Prime Minister @NarendraModi’s visionary PLI scheme, has created over one lakh new direct jobs in the manufacturing sector in the last 24 months,” the minister tweeted. “About 70 per cent of these are women aged 19-24, who are starting their careers, acquiring skills and improving livelihoods for their families,” she said.
Apple has ramped up its India manufacturing and in FY23, iPhone exports from India crossed $5 billion. Backed by Apple, India’s total smartphone exports also crossed $10 billion for the first time in a financial year. Apple began manufacturing the iPhone in India in 2017, and since then, the company has worked with suppliers to assemble new iPhone models and produce an increasing number of components.
With the launch of its first physical store in India, Apple will strengthen its offline presence, which has so far been dependent on third-party resellers. Apple will launch its second physical store called Apple Saket on April 20 at New Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall in Saket.
– Written with inputs from IANS
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