Apple earlier had shared its thoughts about manufacturing iPhones in India. Currently, the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s are the two products of Apple that are being produced in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Earlier this year, the Indian ministry had approved Wistron’s 5000 crore application, which is a proposal to manufacture to produce high-end iPhones (iPhone 8 and above) in India. And, now a new report has been emerged stating Apple had already begun the iPhone 7 production in India starting this March.
As reported by Economic Times (ET), Apple had confirmed that they had begun production of the iPhone 7 in Bengaluru unit – the same facility, which manufactures the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s. They had stated that the company has already started mass production of iPhone 7 early last month. The facility in Bengaluru is owned by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron who began the first production of iPhone SE in India, earlier.
The report further suggests the cost of manufacturing iPhone 7 is significantly cheaper rather than importing them and also aims to encourage the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative as well. Usually, the lower manufacturing costs lead to a price drop of any device, but it is highly unlikely with the iPhone 7. The report suggests that the price drop is very likely not to happen due to Apple’s plans in investing in the products’ marketing play and also on the competitive sales of their product.
Furthermore, the report reveals, according to Research director at IDC India, Navkendar Singh had stated that the iPhone 7 production in India is a low-risk factor for Apple and to further showcase the company’s capabilities to produce future high-end iPhones. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.