Premium iPhone models are now being manufactured in India

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has began constructing iPhone 11 models in a facility close to Chennai in India, as reported by TechCrunch, the first time Apple has made one in all its top-tier smartphone in India.

The Apple company has already been manufacturing low price iPhone in India since 2017, and reportedly has been contemplating shifting production of its more premium models there for a while.

India came second the the market of smartphone in the world in 2019, forward of the US and second solely to China. Apple plans to scale up manufacturing in India, which might in flip scale back how a lot it is dependent upon China, the place most of its iPhones are at the moment made. And whereas Apple tops the premium smartphone market in India, it has solely a few 1 % share of the whole smartphone market. The iPhone’s price puts it out of reach for a lot of shoppers in India.

By promoting locally-made units in India, Apple would have the ability to keep away from a 20 % import responsibility that India imposes on the electronics made in foreign countries. It’s not clear whether or not the units are being manufactured on the market inside India solely, or for the broader worldwide market.