27 February 2020
Apple was reported to be making iPhone XR units in India for quite some time and we even saw a piece of evidence backing the claim. It is now officially confirmed as Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT and electronics minister, tweeted a picture of himself holding an assembled in India iPhone XR unit.
Prasad received the unit from Apple as the latter announced it has started making iPhone XR units in India. It is the first new-generation iPhone to be made in the country and joins the likes of iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. It is also the first time that Apple will be exporting assembled in India iPhones to various markets around the world.
As promised, delighted to receive an iPhone XR, which reads “Designed by Apple in California and Assembled in India”. I expect further expansion of manufacturing in India by #Apple. pic.twitter.com/02QE0f3wS8— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) November 25, 2019
The India-made iPhone XR is being assembled at Foxconn's manufacturing facility in Chennai, Southern India. Foxconn has made a cumulative investment of about $1 billion and is also involved with the making of other iPhone models in the country. It is worth noting that Apple began assembling iPhones in India through Wistron, another Taiwanese phone maker.
It was further announced that Salcomp has reached an agreement that will see it taking over a closed Nokia facility in a special economic zone in Chennai. It has been closed for about 10 years and will now be revived by Salcomp. It is expected to become operational starting in March 2020 and will be used for manufacturing Apple chargers and other accessories. For the uninitiated ones, Salcomp is the biggest supplier of chargers for Apple iPhones worldwide.