In late August Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor: Apple will open their Indian Online Store Next Month & Bangalore has been chosen as the location for their second Retail Store." Today Apple made the opening date official.
Back in February we reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook made it official that their first retail store was coming to India in 2021. At Apple's annual shareholder meeting Tim Cook also stated that he was a "… huge believer in the opportunity in India. It's a country with a vibrancy and demographics that are just unparalleled."
Today, Apple announced that their online store for India will roll out next Wednesday, September 23rd.
What will Apple be Introducing?
Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People: "We’re proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities. We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected, engage in learning, and tap into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Store online to India, we are offering our customers the very best of Apple at this important time."
The Apple Store online is the most convenient destination to shop for Apple products, with online Apple Specialists available to help with anything from custom-configuring any Mac to setting up new devices. Customers can get advice, receive guidance, and learn about new products directly from Apple, both in English and Hindi.
With financing options and an available trade-in program, the Apple Store online offers a range of affordability options. Students can shop for a Mac or iPad with special pricing, and receive discounts on accessories and AppleCare+. In October, customers can expect free online Today at Apple sessions led by local Creative Pros, focused on photography and music.
Just in time for the festive season, signature gift wrap and personalized engraving will be available for select products. Engraving of emoji or text in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu will be available for AirPods, and English engraving will be available for iPad and Apple Pencil.
For the health and well-being of Apple’s teams, customers, and communities, all orders from the Apple Store online will ship with contactless delivery. Orders that do not require a signature will be left at the customer’s door, and those that do will need only a verbal confirmation from a safe distance instead of a written signature.
Apple has been operating in India for more than 20 years, and the company’s ongoing investment and innovation support almost 900,000 jobs across the country.
The beginning of a new era begins in India next week and it could very well be that in one year's time Apple could be opening its very first brick and mortar flagship retail store in Mumbai that has been rumored to being the largest store ever designed by Apple.