Launching soon - Made in India high end iPhones

Isaac Cain
December 31, 2018

At this moment, Apple is producing its iPhone SE and iPhone 6S series in India.

The work would take place at Hon Hai's plant in Sriperumbudur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, this source added.

Still, it could potentially get Foxconn to make the older iPhone X version in India where it sells cheaper models in a bid to get a bigger share of the world's fastest growing major mobile phone market. It might be set up to handle device assembly like Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant, but Apple might potentially also shift other tasks such as component production to the complex to help mitigate risks from U.S. The move suggests a significant increase in Apple's business in India. This price may go down to $1000 Dollars once Foxconn starts making iPhones in India. The iPhone assembler is reportedly planning to invest as much as 25 billion Indian rupees ($356 million) to expand the plant and accommodate additional iPhone production, said Tamil Nadu's Industries Minister, M C Sampath.

After reports emerged that iPhone is suffering from weaker sales, Apple's vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak said that iPhone Xr is the most popular iPhone but did not disclose any sales figure to back up his claims. Local officials expect the investment to bring as many as 25,000 jobs.

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Leading the transition for Android users is iPhone XR, a relatively cost-effective model that debuted alongside the iPhone XS and top-of-the-line XS Max this year, according to the survey by US-based research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). An alternative for companies caught in the trade war crossfire is to up-sticks and manufacture in another country.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment.

Beyond making Apple's supply chain more resilient, the project could put it in a better position to target the Indian smartphone market.

Three sources cited by Reuters today said the company has tapped Foxconn for the project.

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