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Apple to invest $44 million in a research and development center in Indonesia

Apple has committed to invest about US$44 million in a research and development center in Indonesia over the next three years, enabling it to start selling the iPhone 7 in the country, reports Reuters.

The article says that the Southeast Asian nation has stipulated that starting in January 2017, all 4G handsets sold there must have a local content of at least 30%. That rule can be met in terms of hardware, software or an investment commitment.

Apple received a “local content certification” in November, I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan, director-general for metal, machines, transport equipments and electronics at the industry ministry, said in a text message to Reuters.

“Apple has committed around $44 million to invest in R&D over three years,” Suryawirawan said. “Therefore, they can distribute devices priced 6 million rupiah ($448) and above. That means all iPhones can be distributed.”

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.