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Apple to start making iPhone in India by June

Move would help the tech giant crack the country's huge smartphone market

Apple chief Tim Cook chats with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi in May 2016.   © Government of India

MUMBAI -- Apple will start churning out iPhones in India as early as June, sources told The Nikkei Asian Review on Friday. The U.S. company will likely outsource production to Taiwanese partner Wistron, which has a manufacturing facility in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru.

The Cupertino, California-based company, which has long been trying to obtain tax incentives from India's central and state governments, has agreed with the Karnataka State government to make the phones in Bengaluru's Peenya Industrial Area.

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