Back in April, Apple had begun the trial manufacturing of high-end iPhones in India with the help of Foxconn. With a facility in Chennai, Foxconn has started building high-end iPhones right after another manufacturer Wistron had begun iPhone 7 manufacturing in Bengaluru facility. Previously, only lower-end Apple products such as iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s were being made in the country.
These Apple products being manufactured in the country is a win-win situation for all – as it fulfills the Government’s “Make in India” initiative, helps the Cupertino tech giant to reduce its steep pricing for higher-end models as it can evade import duties, and also it further helps Apple to open its retail chain in the country, in the future as well.
Well, it appears there’s further development regarding the iPhones made in India. A new report from Reuters has revealed that top-end iPhones manufactured in the country are said to hit the Indian stores by next month. This could mean we can expect a price drop for higher-end iPhones in the coming months. The report further confirms that India-made iPhone XR and XS models will be coming to the market next month, once the required approvals are made.
However, neither Apple or Foxconn have confirmed the same, yet. As stated, this could bring Apple into competition in the country, as the prices might go down since it’s premium pricing has affected its market share to only 1 percent, according to the report.
Amidst the ongoing US-China trade war, this could possibly mean future iPhones might also be manufactured in India, as this comes after a recent announcement from Foxconn suggesting Apple iPhones for the US can be made outside China as well. And, also a new report from Economic Times had further revealed that Apple had begun exporting our country-made iPhones to the European markets.
Apple iPhone models including — iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, which as aforementioned made in Bengaluru are reportedly being exported to European markets in quantities of under 100,000 units per month. The report further indicates that exports to the European markets began a few months ago, and the volumes that are exported are about 70-80% of full capacity at Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru.
Furthermore, the recent report indicates Apple had asked its major suppliers Foxconn, and Wistron to shift their 15-30% of production businesses outside China, meaning India could soon become another production for Apple outside China if the US-China trade war goes south. Stay connected to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.