23 September 2020
Apple has been making iPhones in India for quite some time but they have all been older generation models until now. As per new reports, Apple has finally started making the iPhone 11 in India which is a current-generation model. The report is coming from the Economic Times and was confirmed via a tweet by Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
The iPhone 11 production is said to be going underway at Foxconn's Chennai plant. It is the first time Apple is making a product locally in India that is among the best it has to offer. It is undoubtedly a huge boost for the Indian government's Make in India initiative under which a number of Android OEMs have also released products.
Significant boost to Make in India!— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) July 24, 2020
Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country.https://t.co/yjmKYeFCpL
With locally made iPhone 11 units, Apple will not have to pay 22% import duty to the government. These savings are likely to be passed on to the buyers in the form of price reduction but no such official announcement has been made yet. This is expected to because Made in China units are still being sold around the country. The iPhone 11 is already one of the most popular iPhones in India and with expected price cuts and upcoming festival season, Apple could be seeing huge growth in the demand.
The report further mentions that Apple is now looking at making iPhone SE (2020) in India. It is looking at Winston's plant in Bengaluru for the specific model. This is the same plant where the original iPhone SE was made locally and among newer models, the iPhone 7 is getting made.
It is not surprising to see Apple considering such moves. It was recently reported that Apple is thinking about moving 20% of production from China to India to reduce its dependency on a single country. This report was followed by another report claiming Foxconn's goal of investing $1 billion in India to boost iPhone production capacity.