Apple, Amazon strike deal to boost sales in India, other key markets

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Apple Inc. and Inc., two of the world's most valuable technology companies, struck a deal to get the newest iPhones into the hands of Amazon customers. The company also didn't offer more detail about how many iPhones it believes may've been affected, though it did say no other iPhone models are part of the announced fix program. Amazon said on Friday that it will now sell more Apple products directly including the iPad Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and new Apple Watch Series 4.

Prior to the agreement, just a limited selection of Apple devices were available directly through Amazon.

The deal includes listings for the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India, and they should begin appearing within the next few weeks.

However, the deal could be bad news for some sellers on the site. You can locate your nearest Authorised Service Provider here.

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Amazon will start selling these Apple products beginning in the next few weeks in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and India. While the products offered by Apple now directly on Amazon could overlap with products that Amazon offer, the HomePod competes directly with the Amazon Echo so naturally and predictably is omitted from the offering. Still, shoppers will be able to find non-branded accessories - like headphones - that are compatible with Apple devices.

In 2016, Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon alleging that the online retailer was selling counterfeit Apple products on its web store. This deal is another reminder that while Amazon might present itself like an open marketplace, it has no qualms pushing aside the little guy, including indie Mac refurbishers, if doing so will make them bank.

But the Cupertino company counteracted the attack by omitting any shows offered by Amazon in its iOS 10.2 update that included the TV app for its Apple TV - and the two have been rivals since.

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