Apple is said to be lobbying the Indian government to get the company to make the first iPad. Reuters reports that the government plans to launch an incentive scheme designed to boost computer exports from India, and Apple wants it but is looking for a better deal.
The initiative will have a budget of up to Rs. 70 billion ($ 964 million) over five years, according to Reuters, but Apple is reportedly asking for that amount to nearly triple to Rs. 200 billion. Part of the reason lies in the fact that India’s supply chain is not yet able to meet Apple’s needs.
Apple is already making iPhones in India, starting in 2018 to avoid new import duties imposed by the Indian government as part of its Make in India initiative. The company is also looking to diversify its production outside of China; The Nikkei announced last month that some of its iPad production would move to Vietnam this year, marking the first major iPad production anywhere else.
Two people who spoke to Reuters said the iPad would likely be assembled in India by one of its current contractors “this year.” Apple’s partners in India currently include Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron.