From China to Chennai: Apple starts manufacturing iPhone 11 in India
Apple has started assembling its flagship iPhone 11 at the Foxconn plant near Chennai, India. This is the first time the tech giant will assembling a flagship device in the country. iPhone 11 with ‘Assembled in India” tags are now available in stores. As of now, users will not see the drop in process (PRICES ) but it is believed that we might see this happen eventually as producing these devices locally will save Apple the company Apple 22 percent on import duty.
After iPhone 7, iPhone XR, iPhone SE and iPhone 6S, Apple begins manufacturing one of its latest offerings – the iPhone 11 – locally in the country. Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted about it earlier on Friday.
Going forward, Apple may consider exporting the India-made iPhone 11s and we are yet to get a confirmation on that.
Experts believe that huge opportunities lie ahead for India to become a manufacturing and export hub for handsets owing to the Indian government’s push. After the launch of the PLI scheme in April, OEMs are planning to set up production bases in India.
Announcing iPhone 11 local manufacturing new Piyush Goyal Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry said “Significant boost to Make in India! Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11₹ 63,900 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country.”
Prasad tweeted, “2020 – iPhone 11 2019 – iPhone 7 & XR 2018 – iPhone 6S 2017 – iPhone SE This chronology is a statement in itself as to how @narendramodi govt. has developed the mobile phone manufacturing ecosystem in India. It’s only a humble beginning.”
Prior to this, the Cupertino-based tech giant had started assembling the iPhone XR in India in 2019. In 2017, Apple had started the domestic manufacturing of the Apple iPhone SE 2016 in the Bangalore plant. Apple also has plans to make the iPhone SE 2020 in India in its Wistron plant near Bangalore.
Earlier this month, Foxconn, which is a leading supplier for Apple has planned to invest up to $1 billion to expand its India factory where it assembles iPhone models. Pegatron — the second-largest iPhone assembler after Foxconn — was also reported to make some investment in the country and set up a local subsidiary in the coming future.