04 April 2019
Apple will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of Foxconn in early 2019. This is the first time that the Taiwanese contract manufacturer will make the product in the country, according to sources.
Foxconn will reportedly be assembling the most expensive models like the iPhone X family which could potentially take Apple's business in India to a new level. The Cupertino giant has seen a drop in sales for the first time in four years in the country. OnePlus latest flagship device has outsold iPhones and Samsung flagship devices in the country this year.
The assembly will take place at Foxconn's plant in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. The world’s biggest electronics contract manufacturer already makes phones for Xiaomi Corp and will invest Rs. 25 billion ($356 million) to expand the plant for iPhone production. This will help in creating as many as 25,000 jobs in the country.
Until now, Apple has only assembled the lower-cost SE and 6S models in India via Wistron Corp's local unit in the Bengaluru technology hub. The company’s older lower priced models have a bigger demand in the country compared with the pricier iPhone X family. However, by assembling the latest iPhones in India, Apple may cut down on costs, and help it gain a bigger share in India, the fastest growing smartphone market.
It is unclear whether Foxconn is moving the iPhone assembly from existing Foxconn factories in China and elsewhere. It also remains to be seen whether the production will be confined to assembly or include component production as well in India.