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Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell iPhones, iPads


By Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) - com Inc on Friday said it would carry more products globally in time for the holiday shopping season, as the rivals put aside past differences to boost sales.

In coming weeks, the world's biggest will sell the latest editions of Apple's iPhone, and other devices in the United States, Europe, and sold a limited assortment from Apple previously that included Mac computers and Beats headphones.

The deal underscores how top brands such as Apple and , which long resisted distributing products via Amazon, are increasingly turning to the because it has become a critical channel for reaching customers. has taken a harder line on counterfeit goods as well.

As of Jan. 4, Amazon will rid its site of Apple products from third-party merchants not authorised by the Cupertino, California-based company. Still, shoppers will be able to find non-branded accessories - like headphones - that are compatible with Apple devices.

Third-party merchants will be allowed to sell as they have been through the holiday season, while Amazon will add Apple products to its official Apple at Amazon page.

The lineup will include the Apple Watch but not the Apple HomePod, a high-end alternative to Amazon's voice-controlled device. Such competition in Silicon Valley has often come at the expense of customers.

Alphabet Inc's pulled its video streaming app from two Amazon devices last year because of several complaints against the online retailer, including its decision not to sell some of Google's products. Amazon now carries the Apple TV, but only after it became compatible with Amazon's Prime Video.

"We're working with Amazon to improve the experience for Apple customers on their site and we look forward to those customers having another great way to buy iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac and more," Apple said in a statement.

About 71 percent of Apple's sales in fiscal 2018, ended in September, were through indirect distribution channels like Amazon.

(Reporting by and in San Francisco; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 03:11 IST